From my relatives (Gladden and Doris Esch), I learned that my ancestor Daniel Esch was once an Oesch. He was born about 1705 in Oberlangenegg Switzerland, near Thun. He left the area as "Anabaptist" refugees (not entirely sure of what this means). Around 1742, he moved to Altwiller, France, in the Alsace region of France (expedia.com map has the location). They changed their name to how the French spelled names -- as Esch with the dropped "O". No other reason was given.
For more info, see my Esch Family website at:
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