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The name Bork comes from the German region of Westphalia. The tradition of adopting hereditary surnames came to Germany after the 12th century, and the names of places where people lived were a primary source. Many local names carry the prefix "von", meaning "of" or "from". It originally indicated land ownership, and is sometimes a mark of nobility. The Bork family originally lived in or near one of the numerous places named Bork in Germany and in bordering Slav countries. Bork 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 Bork is derived from the Old German word Burg, which meant castle or fortress.

Bork Early Origins



The surname Bork 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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Bork Spelling Variations


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Bork Spelling Variations



In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations of the name Bork include Bork, Borck, Borcke, Borcker, Bork, Borkk, Borkke, Borch and many more.

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Bork Early History


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Bork Early History



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

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Bork Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bork Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 40 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bork 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



For many Germans, emigration to North America was an inviting alternative to the trials of life in the old country. From the mid-17th into the present century, thousands of Germans migrated across the Atlanti c. They capitalized on the chance to escape poverty and persecution, and to own their own land. After 1650, Germans settled throughout the states of Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Many also landed in Canada, settling in Ontario or father west on the rich land of the prairies. Among them:

Bork Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Rodger Bork, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1682

Bork Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Matthes Bork, age 40, who arrived with his wife and 6 children in America in 1709
  • Elizabeth Bork, age 20, arrived in America in 1709

Bork Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Franr Bork, aged 35, landed in New York, NY in 1852
  • Wilhm Bork, aged 27, arrived in New York in 1862

Bork Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • H J Bork, who arrived in Mississippi in 1903
  • Julius Herman Bork, who landed in Wisconsin in 1921

Bork Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Henry Bork, aged 21, a fitter, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Golden Sea" in 1874

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Contemporary Notables of the name Bork (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Bork (post 1700)



  • Frank Bernard Bork (b. 1940), American major league baseball pitcher
  • Kennard Baker Bork, retired American teacher of geology and geography
  • George Bork (b. 1942), American football player
  • Robert Bork (b. 1927), American nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, judge, lawyer, and educator

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Citations



    Other References

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    3. Preuss, Otto. Die Lippischen Familiennamen mit Berücksichtigung der Ortsnamen. Detmold: Meyer'sche Hofbuchh, 1887. Print.
    4. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
    5. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    6. Oswald, G. Lexicon der Heraldik. Leipzig: 1984. Print.
    7. Bahlow, Hans (Edda Gentry trns). Dictionary of German Names . Madison, Wisconsin: Max Kade Institute, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-924119-35-7).
    8. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    9. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    10. Kneschke, Dr. Ernest Heinrich. Neues allgemeines Deutsches Adels-Lexicon 9 Volumes New General German Aristocracy Lexicon. Leipzig: Friedrich Voigt, 1859. Print.
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    The Bork Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bork 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.

    This page was last modified on 18 February 2016 at 09:32.

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