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Nestled between the Rhine and Wesser rivers is the ancient German region of 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.

Barkowski Early Origins



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.

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Barkowski Spelling Variations


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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.

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Barkowski Early History


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Barkowski Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Barkowski research. Another 147 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1847, 1617, 1681, 1707 and 1747 are included under the topic Early Barkowski History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Barkowski Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Barkowski Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 40 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Barkowski Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cartvale" in 1874
  • Marianne Barkowski, aged 39, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cartvale" in 1874
  • Francisker Barkowski, aged 10, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cartvale" in 1874
  • Johanna Barkowski, aged 8, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cartvale" in 1874
  • Stanislan Barkowski, aged 3, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cartvale" in 1874
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Götze, Alfred. Familiennamen im badischen Oberland. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1918. Print.
    2. Zoder, Rudolf. Familiennamen in Ostfalen. Hildesheim: Geog Olms Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1968. Print.
    3. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Hopeful Journeys German Immigration, Settlement, and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
    4. Kapff, Rudolf. Schwäbische Geschlechtsnamen. Stuttgart: Verlag Silberburg, 1927. Print.
    5. Preuss, Otto. Die Lippischen Familiennamen mit Berücksichtigung der Ortsnamen. Detmold: Meyer'sche Hofbuchh, 1887. Print.
    6. Haverkamp, Alfred. Medieval Germany 1056-1273 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print.
    7. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    8. Jones, Henry Z. Palatine Families of New York 2 Volumes. Rockland, ME: Picton Press, 2001. Print. (ISBN 978-0961388829).
    9. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    10. Göbel, Otto. Niederdeutsche Familiennamen der Gegenwart Wolfshagen-Schäbentz. Franz: Westphal, 1936. Print.
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    The Barkowski Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Barkowski 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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