Durst Family Crest

Durst Family CrestThe German and Swiss surname Durst (also spelled Dürst) is of nickname origin, deriving from the  Middle High German word  turst  meaning “boldness.” The name originally was a nickname for one noted for his boldness or risk taking.The name Durst may also be a habitational name from a farmstead in the Tyrol named with the same word, probably indicating a dry location. The name is first recorded in Silesia. The first records of the name in Switzerland date from the 16th Century. A notable bearer of the name was the accomplished 19th Century composer and violinist Matthias Durst.   

Today there are approximately 6,000 bearers of the surname Durst living in The United States.

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