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Where did the German Voight family come from? What is the German Voight family crest and coat of arms? When did the Voight family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Voight family history?

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In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations of the name Voight include Voigt, Voigtlander, Voigts, Woyte, Voyte, Voite, Voith, Voit, Woit and many more.

First found in Brandenburg, where the name emerged in mediaeval times as one of the notable families of the region. From the 13th century the surname was identified with the great social and economic evolution which made this territory a landmark contributor to the development of the nation. They were first found in Hanover where they became nobles of the St Empire in December 1776.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Voight research. Another 241 words(17 lines of text) covering the years 1697, 1791, and 1792 are included under the topic Early Voight History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 22 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Voight Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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The great European flow of migration to North America, which began in the middle of the 17th century and continued into the 20th century, was particularly attractive to those from Bavaria who wished to escape either poverty or religious persecution. For many Bavarian tenant farmers, the chance to own their own land was a major incentive. So the widespread colonization of the United States began in 1650, when many immigrants from Germany settled in pockets in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. In Canada, German settlement centered in Ontario and the prairie Among those of this surname listed in various historical records were:

Voight Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Frederick Daniel Voight, who arrived in Maryland in 1840
  • Anna Voight, who landed in Texas in 1846
  • Wilhelm Voight, aged 26, landed in St Louis, Missouri in 1846
  • Franz Voight, who landed in New York in 1850
  • Julius E Voight, aged 18, landed in New York in 1858


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  • Jonathan Vincent "Jon" Voight (b. 1938), Academy Award-winning American actor and father of Angelina Jolie
  • Heidi Alice Voight (b. 1982), Miss Connecticut 2006
  • Jack Voight (b. 1945), former State Treasurer of Wisconsin


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The Voight Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Voight 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.

This page was last modified on 20 January 2011 at 15:19.

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