Voight History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Voight family

The surname Voight was first found in Brandenburg, where the name emerged in mediaeval times as one of the notable families of the region. From the 13th century the surname was identified with the great social and economic evolution which made this territory a landmark contributor to the development of the nation. They were first found in Hanover where they became nobles of the St Empire in December 1776.

Early History of the Voight family

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Voight 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 Voight include Voigt, Voigtlander, Voigts, Woyte, Voyte, Voite, Voith, Voit, Woit and many more.

Early Notables of the Voight family (pre 1700)

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Voight Ranking

In the United States, the name Voight is the 8,982nd most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

United States Voight migration to the United States +

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 Among those of this surname listed in various historical records were:

Voight Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Frederick Daniel Voight, who arrived in Maryland in 1840 [2]
  • Anna Voight, who landed in Texas in 1846 [2]
  • Wilhelm Voight, aged 26, who landed in St Louis, Missouri in 1846 [2]
  • Franz Voight, who landed in New York in 1850 [2]
  • Julius E Voight, aged 18, who landed in New York in 1858 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Voight migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Voight Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Frederic Voight, aged 28, a farm labourer, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rooparell" in 1874
  • Mr. Carl Voight, (b. 1836), aged 38, German settler from German y travelling from London aboard the ship "Sussex" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 17th July 1874 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Voight (post 1700) +

  • Jonathan Vincent "Jon" Voight (b. 1938), Academy Award-winning American actor and father of Angelina Jolie
  • John R. Voight, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Indiana, 1912 [4]
  • Jack C. Voight (b. 1945), American Republican politician, Wisconsin State Treasurer, 2003-; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Wisconsin, 2008 [4]
  • Alvin Voight, American politician, Candidate for Wisconsin State Assembly from Dodge County 1st District, 1938 [4]
  • Jack Voight (b. 1945), American politician, former State Treasurer of Wisconsin
  • Heidi Alice Voight (b. 1982), Miss Connecticut 2006

  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html

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