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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.

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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Voight research. Another 241 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1697, 1791, and 1792 are included under the topic Early Voight History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Another 22 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Voight Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


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
  • Anna Voight, who landed in Texas in 1846
  • Wilhelm Voight, aged 26, landed in St Louis, Missouri in 1846
  • Franz Voight, who landed in New York in 1850
  • Julius E Voight, aged 18, landed in New York in 1858
  • ...

Voight Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Frederic Voight, aged 28, a farm labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rooparell" in 1874

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

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    Other References

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    2. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    3. Gritzner, M. Handbuch der heraldischen Terminologie in zwölf Zungen. Nürnberg: 1890. Print.
    4. Brechenmacher, Josef Karlmann. Deutches Namenbuch. Stuttgart: Verlag von Adolf Bonz & Comp, 1928. Print.
    5. Bahlow, Hans and Edda Gentry. Translation Dictionary of German Names 2nd Edition. Madison: University of Wisconsin, 2002. Print.
    6. Kneschke, Dr. Ernest Heinrich. Neues allgemeines Deutsches Adels-Lexicon 9 Volumes New General German Aristocracy Lexicon. Leipzig: Friedrich Voigt, 1859. Print.
    7. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    8. Steed, Henry Wickham . The Hapsburg Monarchy. London: Constable and Company, 1919. Print.
    9. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmacher's Grosses Wappenbuch 35 Volumes. Germany: Bauer & Raspe. Print.
    10. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
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    The Voight Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Voight 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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