Westphalia. 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
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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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
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