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The name Borkowski 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," which was originally an indicator of land ownership, and is sometimes a mark of nobility. The Borkowski family originally lived in or near one of the numerous places named Bork in Germany and in bordering Slav countries. Borkowski 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 Borkowski is derived from the Old German word Burg, which meant castle or fortress.

Borkowski Early Origins



The surname Borkowski 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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Borkowski Spelling Variations


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Borkowski 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 Borkowski include Bork, Borck, Borcke, Borcker, Bork, Borkk, Borkke, Borch and many more.

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Borkowski Early History


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Borkowski Early History



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

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Borkowski Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Borkowski Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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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: 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.

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Contemporary Notables of the name Borkowski (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Borkowski (post 1700)



  • Michael John Borkowski (b. 1973), American race car driver from the Bronx, New York
  • David Richard Borkowski (b. 1977), American former Major League Baseball relief pitcher who played from 1999 to 2008
  • Robert Vilarian "Bob" Borkowski (b. 1926), American former outfielder in Major League Baseball who played from 1950 to 1955
  • Ansley Bernard Borkowski (1898-1992), American lawyer and politician, Member of the New York State Assembly in 1921 and (1924-1930), Clerk of the New York State Assembly (1936-1965)
  • Ingo Borkowski (b. 1971), German silver medalist sailor at the 2000 Summer Olympics
  • Frank Borkowski, German bronze medalist judoka at the 1990 European Championships
  • Shek Borkowski (b. 1963), Polish born women's association football manager
  • Mark Borkowski (b. 1959), British public relations agent and author

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    Other References

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    2. 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).
    3. Zoder, Rudolf. Familiennamen in Ostfalen. Hildesheim: Geog Olms Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1968. Print.
    4. Tarneller, Josef. Zur Namenkunde Tirolen Familiennamen. Bozen: Buchhandlung, 1923. Print.
    5. Bahlow, Hans. Abhandlungen zur Namenforschung und Buchgeschichte. 1980. Print. (ISBN 978-3768690522).
    6. Steed, Henry Wickham . The Hapsburg Monarchy. London: Constable and Company, 1919. Print.
    7. Bahlow, Hans (Edda Gentry trns). Dictionary of German Names . Madison, Wisconsin: Max Kade Institute, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-924119-35-7).
    8. Strassburger, Ralph B. Pennsylvania German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
    9. Jones, Henry Z. Palatine Families of New York 2 Volumes. Rockland, ME: Picton Press, 2001. Print. (ISBN 978-0961388829).
    10. Bahlow, Hans and Edda Gentry. Translation Dictionary of German Names 2nd Edition. Madison: University of Wisconsin, 2002. Print.
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    The Borkowski Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Borkowski 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 9 August 2015 at 11:53.

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