Borkowski History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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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.
Early Origins of the Borkowski family
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.
Early History of the Borkowski family
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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.
Early Notables of the Borkowski family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Borkowski family
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 Atlantic. 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.
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)
- Edmund C. Borkowski, American politician, Candidate for Michigan State Auditor General, 1940
- Ansley B. Borkowski (1898-1992), American Republican politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Erie County 5th District, 1921, 1924-30
- 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
Historic Events for the Borkowski family +
- Friedrich Borkowski (1920-1941), German Matrosengefreiter who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking 
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