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Where did the German Bokoltz family come from? What is the German Bokoltz family crest and coat of arms? When did the Bokoltz family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Bokoltz family history?Bokoltz is a local name from the German region of Westphalia. Local names came to Germany with other types of hereditary surnames after the 12th century. They were derived from the name of the place where the original bearer of the name lived. Sometimes local names bear the prefix "von", meaning "of" or "from". It was an indication of land-ownership, and was sometimes taken as a mark of aristocracy. The family originally lived near a beech grove which is derived from the Old German word buchholz, which means beech grove, and is popular throughout Germany. The name Bokoltz is the name of numerous villages in the German states.
Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations of Bokoltz include Bocholtz, Bockoltz, Bokoltz, Bokkoltz, Bocholtz, Bocholts, Bockolts, Bokkolts, Burkholtz, Burkoltz, Burckholtz, Burkoltz, Burgholtz, Burgholtz, Bocoltz, Burkolt, Burkoltz, Burkolts, Bocholz, Buchholtz, Bochholtz, Buchholtz, Bucholz, Bockholt, Bockhold, Bockholdz, Bocholte, Bokholdz, Bochheldt and many more.
First found in Westphalia, where this family became a prominent contributor to the development of the district from ancient times.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bokoltz research. Another 165 words(12 lines of text) covering the year 1803 is included under the topic Early Bokoltz History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Bokoltz Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
After 1650, thousands of German settlers came to North America to escape the religious persecution and poverty that wracked Europe and to make the most of the opportunity to own their own land in a new country. They settled across the United States in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California, and in Canada in Ontario and on the fertile plains of the prairie provinces. Among them: John Burkolt who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1803; Jan Bocholte who arrived in New Netherlands (New York) in 1662 with his wife and five children, Andrew Buchholz, his wife Anna and 4 children arrived in New York in 1889.
The Bokoltz Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bokoltz Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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