Nestled between the Rhine and Wesser rivers is the ancient German region of Westphalia
, the home of the name Barkowski. In the German provinces, hereditary surnames
were adopted after the 12th century, and names that were derived from localities became increasingly widespread. Local
surnames originally denoted the proprietorship of the village or estate. When coupled with the German preposition von, which means from or of, local
names can indicate that the initial bearer of the name was an aristocrat. However, in modern times, the preposition is frequently dropped from surnames of this type. The Barkowski family originally lived in or near one of the numerous places named Bork in Germany
and in bordering Slav countries. Barkowski is a topographic
surname, a type of local surname that was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. The toponym Barkowski is derived from the Old German word Burg,
which meant castle or fortress.
Early Origins of the Barkowski family
The surname Barkowski was first found in Westphalia
, where the name Borch was closely identified in early mediaeval times with the feudal
society which would become prominent throughout European history. The name would later emerge as a noble family with great influence, having many distinguished branches, and become noted for its involvement in social, economic and political affairs.
Early History of the Barkowski family
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Barkowski 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 Barkowski include Bork, Borck, Borcke, Borcker, Bork, Borkk, Borkke, Borch and many more.
Early Notables of the Barkowski family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Barkowski family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Barkowski Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Thomas Barkowski, aged 39, a farm labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cartvale" in 1874
- Marianne Barkowski, aged 39, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cartvale" in 1874
- Francisker Barkowski, aged 10, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cartvale" in 1874
- Johanna Barkowski, aged 8, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cartvale" in 1874
- Stanislan Barkowski, aged 3, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cartvale" in 1874
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