This is the general analysis based on all found events until about 1800:

  • 1285-1315 In the Episcopal administration of Utrecht and rights in the ‘borg van Amstel’ (near Utrecht) there are references to various people with the name Van Dorssen/Dorsken/Dorsghen
  • 1331 the first Van Dorsten reference in Osnabrück
  • 1348 the first Van Dorst reference melding in Baerle
  • 1359-1390 Several Van Dorsten notifications in Rostock (Hanseatic City) in the Mecklenburgs Charterbook
  • 1386-1406 Trade reports of Borchard & Wessel van Dorsten in the Erbebücher of Riga
  • 1389-1478 many references of several individuals in the administration of the Holy Roman Empire
  • 1400-1600 Various clerics known as priest, parish priest, monk, nun, prior, rector in multiple locations in both archdioceses (Cologne and Utrecht)
  • 1420-1600 Until 1500 a wealthy family in Zutphen with many Van Dorstens who possessed several houses, also still different references in the period up to 1600
  • 1400-1450 Many people with the name settled in various places, particularly to the rivers (Arnhem, Nijmegen, Den Bosch, Zwolle, Deventer, Utrecht, Harderwijk)
  • 1450-1500 Much activity in Zwolle and Arnhem, also from 1482 in Kampen
  • 1500-1550 The name is widely mentioned in the acts of Kampen and vest letters in Breda (Van Dorst), but also many times in various documents and registers in Utrecht, Amersfoort and Soest. Still many called in Zutphen, Zwolle and also the first reports in Leiden.
  • 1500-1600 The wealthy family of Zutphen/Vorden continues near Amersfoort
  • 1500-1680 The wealthy family of the family tree of Neuenhaus, wealth ceases, but gets yet another sequel in Arnhem via a goldsmith in a Dutch tree
  • 1500-1750 Many reports in Kampen, a wealthy family from 1570 until 1730 (at the end a shipowner in Amsterdam), a piece named country (Dorstener Slag) and still contact with Münsterland
  • 1550-1600 Many reports in Arnhem, Amersfoort and Amsterdam
  • 1570-1610 A wealthy family in Arnhem
  • 1600-1700 Is mentioned much everywhere, eg in the various city archives of Utrecht, Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Leiden, Utrecht, the Hague and Delft; Also Doetinchem, Bredevoort, Leeuwarden
  • 1620-1670 Wealthy family (silk cloth traders) in Utrecht
  • 1620-1720 Rich family tree in Dordrecht via Breda from Dorst (brewery, silk cloth trade)
  • 1630-1690 Well-to-do trade family (from bakery to shipping and wine trade) in Rotterdam
  • 1700-1800 Many records on very many locations across the country (and abroad) and of various nature

There are several wealthy families with the name of Dorsten. It seems likely that these are largely related to each other (how likely is it that there are several wealthy families – no nobility – from the wealthy Hanseatic City of Dorsten?). It therefore seems likely that the families in Zutphen, Amersfoort (between 1500 and 1600), Kampen, Arnhem and Neuenhaus are related (and perhaps also around 1250 to the Van Dorsten tree in Utrecht). In addition, there is a reasonable chance that the affluent families in Dordrecht and Rotterdam are related (but not to the others). The silk traders family in Utrecht could be related to both sides (although at the same time there were silk traders in Dordrecht and those from Utrecht were inclined to travel) or can originate from the old Utrecht Van Dorssen tree (but especially the silk traders were mostly recorded as Van Dorsten).

Van Dorsten