Boerke History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The distinguished family surname Boerke originated in the lands which eventually became the German state of Prussia. This state was known for its majestic landscape, its rapid industrial growth, its military power, and for its contributions to European culture. However, in the medieval era, Prussia was fragmented and inhabited by numerous barbarian tribes, who fought amongst themselves for control of the land. The borders of the barbarian kingdoms, which were established after the fall of the Roman Empire, changed repeatedly. The region that came to be known as Prussia was roughly divided between the territories of Brandenburg-Prussia, West Prussia and East Prussia. The Boerke family emerged in Brandenburg- Prussia, which is essentially the birthplace of modern Germany. By the 19th century, Brandenburg-Prussia had incorporated East Prussia, West Prussia and many other German territories. Moreover, in the late 19th century, it led the German states in the unification of Germany.

Early Origins of the Boerke family

The surname Boerke was first found in Prussia, where the Borcker name made a great early contribution to the feudal society of early Europe. The name Borcker became prominent in local affairs and branched into many houses where family members continued to play important roles in the savage tribal and national conflicts which resulted as each group sought to maximize its power and status in an ever changing territorial profile.

Important Dates for the Boerke family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Boerke research. Another 69 words (5 lines of text) covering the year 1773 is included under the topic Early Boerke History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Boerke Spelling Variations

One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Boerke include Borcker, Borkker, Borcher, Borchers, Borker, Borchar, Borckar, Borkkar, Boercker, Buercker, Burcker, Boerkker, Buerkker, Burkker, Boercher, Buercher, Burcher, Boerchers, Buerchers, Burchers, Boerker, Buerker, Burker, Boerchar, Buerchar, Burchar, Boerkkar, Buerkkar, Burkkar, Borckel, Borckele and many more.

Early Notables of the Boerke family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Boerke family

Much of German history has been shaped by the state of Prussia. It was an enduring military power until after the Second World War. At that time, the state was abolished altogether and its land divided between the Soviet Union, Poland, East Germany and West Germany. While some Prussians were content to remain in those countries, others moved away, many of them migrating to North America. They entered the United States mostly through Philadelphia, moving on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Others went to Canada, settling on the prairies and in the province of Ontario. Among those of this surname listed in various historical records were: Edward Burcher who, accompanied by his wife, arrived in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1623; Abraham Burcher who arrived in Virginia in 1638; L. Borchers, age 24.

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