Nestled between the Rhine and Wesser rivers is the ancient German region of Westphalia
, the home of the name Borkk. When hereditary surnames
were adopted in this region, after the 12th century, names that were derived from localities were quite common. These "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 use of the preposition has often long since been dropped from use. The Borkk family originally lived in or near one of the numerous places named Bork in Germany
and in bordering Slav countries. Borkk 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 Borkk is derived from the Old German word Burg,
which meant castle or fortress.
Early Origins of the Borkk family
The surname Borkk 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 Borkk family
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Borkk 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 Borkk include Bork, Borck, Borcke, Borcker, Bork, Borkk, Borkke, Borch and many more.
Early Notables of the Borkk family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Borkk family to the New World and Oceana
Many Germans emigrated across the Atlantic to seek better lives in North America. This great migration began in the middle of the 17th century and continued into the 20th century. Resettlement was particularly attractive to those from Westphalia
as a means of escape from poverty and religious persecution. For many Westphalian
farmers, the chance to own one's own land was also a major incentive. The process of the widespread colonization of the United States began in 1650, when many immigrants from Germany
settled in pockets in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. In Canada, German settlements centered around Ontario and the Prairie provinces. Among them: Matthes Bork, age 40; who arrived with his wife and 6 children in America in 1709. Elizabeth Bork, age 20; also arrived in America in 1709; as did Heinrich Bork, age 50.