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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.
The surname Vogt was 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.
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.
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
Vogt Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Vogt Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
Vogt Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
The Vogt Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Vogt 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.
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