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The ancient German region of the Rhineland, gave birth to the family name of Bergquist. At first, people used only a single name, but as the population grew and people began to travel, they began to find it necessary to take on an additional name to differentiate themselves. Fairly general principles guided the development of hereditary surnames in the Rhineland. Among the most common forms of surname found in the Rhineland are those that are derived from nicknames. Nickname surnames were derived from an "eke-name" or added name. They usually reflected the physical characteristics or attributes of the first person that used the name. The name was derived from the German word "burc," which means a "fortified town." The surname Bergquist was a name for a person who lived in a town.

Bergquist Early Origins



The surname Bergq Uist was first found in the Rhineland, where this family name became a prominent contributor to the development of the district from ancient times. Always prominent in social affairs, the name became an integral part of that turbulent region as it emerged to form alliances with other families within the Feudal System and the nation.

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Bergquist Spelling Variations


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Bergquist Spelling Variations



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 Bergquist include Berg, Bergh, Berghe, Bergg, Berge, Bergge, Burg, Burgh and many more.

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Bergquist Early History


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Bergquist Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bergquist research. Another 226 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1100, 1716, 1834, and 1842 are included under the topic Early Bergquist History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bergquist Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bergquist Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 22 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bergquist Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Between the 17th and 20th centuries, hundreds of thousands of Europeans came to North America, and many Rhinelanders were among them. They had many various reasons for making the choice: to escape poverty and persecution, for adventure, and for the opportunity to own their own land. Ellis Island, one of the main American immigration centers, saw many settlers as they moved on to the states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, and New York. In Canada, they found homes in Ontario, and on the great plains of the Midwestern provinces. The Bergq Uist were among of the early German families that came to North America:

Bergquist Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Oluf Bergq Uist, aged 29, arrived in New York, NY in 1869
  • John Bergquist, who landed in Mississippi in 1874

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Contemporary Notables of the name Bergq Uist (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Bergquist (post 1700)



  • Mrs. N. T. Bergq Uist, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Texas, 1960
  • Kenneth G. Bergquist, American politician, U.S. Attorney for Idaho, 1959-61
  • Harold J. Bergquist, American Democrat politician, Democratic-Farmer-Labor Candidate for U.S. Representative from Minnesota 2nd District, 1980
  • Dame Patricia Rose Bergquist DBE, FRSNZ (1933-2009), widely-known New Zealand expert on anatomy and taxonomy

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    2. Gritzner, M. Handbuch der heraldischen Terminologie in zwölf Zungen. Nürnberg: 1890. Print.
    3. Gottschald, Max. Deutsche Namenkunde unsere Familiennamen nach ihrer Entstehung und Bedeutung. München: J.F. Lehmanns Verlag, 1932. Print.
    4. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    5. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    6. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    7. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    8. Göbel, Otto. Niederdeutsche Familiennamen der Gegenwart Wolfshagen-Schäbentz. Franz: Westphal, 1936. Print.
    9. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2000. Print. (ISBN 978-0806303024).
    10. Preuss, Otto. Die Lippischen Familiennamen mit Berücksichtigung der Ortsnamen. Detmold: Meyer'sche Hofbuchh, 1887. Print.
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    The Bergquist Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bergquist 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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