Borkke is a local
name from the German region of Westphalia
names and other types of hereditary surnames
began to be used in Germany
after the 12th century. They were derived from the name of the place where the original bearer of the name lived. Sometimes local names bear the prefix "von", meaning "of" or "from". This was originally an indication of land-ownership, and was sometimes a mark of aristocracy. The family originally lived in or near one of the numerous places named Bork in Germany
and in bordering Slav countries. Borkke 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 Borkke is derived from the Old German word Burg,
which meant castle or fortress.
Early Origins of the Borkke family
The surname Borkke 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 Borkke family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Borkke research.Another 147 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1847, 1617, 1681, 1707 and 1747 are included under the topic Early Borkke History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Borkke 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 Borkke include Bork, Borck, Borcke, Borcker, Bork, Borkk, Borkke, Borch and many more.
Early Notables of the Borkke family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Borkke family to the New World and Oceana
After 1650, thousands of German settlers came to North America to escape the religious persecution and poverty that wracked Europe and to make the most of the opportunity to own their own land in a new country. They settled across the United States in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California, and in Canada in Ontario and on the fertile plains of 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.