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Where did the German Vogt family come from? What is the German Vogt family crest and coat of arms? When did the Vogt family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Vogt family history?

The surname Vogt originates in the Latin form "vocatus" or "advocatus"and referred to someone who appeared in court on another's behalf. As a surname, Vogt is an occupational hereditary surname for a bailiff or overseer of a nobleman's estate.


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 Vogt include Vogt, Voget, Voit, Voigt,Voight,Voigh, Vogtlin and many more.

First found in central Germany, including Bavaria, Franconia, Hessen, and the Paltinate, where the name was anciently associated with the tribal conflicts of the area. They declared allegiances to many nobles and princes of early history, lending their influence in struggles for power and status within the region. They branched into many houses, and their contributions were sought by many leaders in their search for power. The oldest recorded individual of the many branches of this family was Johann Vogt von Hunolstein, who lived around 1080 and brought the family to the Rhine valley. There, the family's castle Hunolstein (four miles from Trier) prospered until 1523, when Franz von Sickingen laid the castle to ruins in his feud against the princes of Trier. They then moved into Lorraine where they eventually became counts. The other branches of Franconia and Hessen had divided off even before the 10th century.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Vogt research. Another 279 words(20 lines of text) covering the years 1560, 1672, 1674, 1694, and 1697 are included under the topic Early Vogt History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 87 words(6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Vogt Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


The great European flow of migration to North America, which began in the middle of the 17th century and continued into the 20th century, was particularly attractive to those from Bavaria who wished to escape either poverty or religious persecution. For many Bavarian tenant farmers, the chance to own their own land was a major incentive. So 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 settlement centered in Ontario and the prairie provinces. Among those of this surname listed in various historical records were:

Vogt Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Johann, Daniel, and Abraham Vogt, all of whom came to America in 1709 with their wives and families
  • Daniel Vogt, who arrived in New York in 1709
  • Henrig Vogt, who arrived in New York in 1709
  • Joh Vogt, who arrived in New York in 1709
  • Simon Vogt, who arrived in New York, NY in 1710

Vogt Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Conrad Vogt, aged 34, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1805
  • Bern Heinr Vogt, who arrived in America in 1836
  • Robert Vogt, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1837
  • Karl August Vogt, aged 16, landed in America in 1844
  • Joseph Vogt, who arrived in New York in 1844

Vogt Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Willhelm Vogt, who arrived in Manitoba in 1874
  • Abraham Vogt, who arrived in Manitoba in 1875

Vogt Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Joseph Vogt, aged n/a, arrived in South Australia in 1848 aboard the ship "Victoria"


  • Steven Scott Vogt, American astronomer, member of the California-Carnegie Planet Search Team
  • General John William Vogt Jr. (1920-2010), American commander, Allied Air Forces Central Europe, and commander in chief, U.S. Air Forces in Europe at Ramstein Air Base, Germany
  • Evon Zartman Vogt Jr. (1918-2004), American cultural anthropologist
  • Carl Christoph "Karl" Vogt (1817-1895), German scientist who emigrated to Switzerland, a proponent of polygenist evolution
  • Heinrich Vogt (1875-1936), German neurologist, a specialist on tuberous sclerosis and Batten disease
  • Roland Vogt (b. 1941), German politician, member of the Bundestag
  • Oskar Vogt (1870-1959), German physician and neurologist
  • Richard Vogt (1913-1988), German silver medalist boxer at the 1936 Summer Olympics
  • Marthe Louise Vogt (1903-2003), German neuroscientist
  • Richard Vogt (1894-1979), German engineer and aircraft designer during and after World War II



  • The Astronom's Passengers: The Vogt Family in Southern Illinois by Ann L. Nilsson.

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