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Where did the German Voit family come from? What is the German Voit family crest and coat of arms? When did the Voit family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Voit family history?
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 Voit 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.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Voit research. Another 241 words(17 lines of text) covering the years 1697, 1791, and 1792 are included under the topic Early Voit History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 22 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Voit Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Thousands of German settlers came to North America between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries. The hardships of the long voyage were balanced by the opportunity to escape poverty and religious persecution. The descendents of these settlers still populate the states of Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Many also live in Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Voit or a variant listed above:
Voit Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
Voit Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century
The Voit Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Voit 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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