Voight

Voight

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Voight Family Crest and Name History:
Voight originates in the Latin form “vocatus” or “advocatus” and referred to someone who appeared in court on another’s behalf. As a surname, Voight is an occupational hereditary surname for a bailliff or overseer of a nobleman’s estate.

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 Vogt, Voget, Voit, 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.

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. Research into various historical records revealed some of the first memebers of the Voight family to come North America: Johann, Daniel, and Abraham Vogt, all of whom came to America in 1709 with their wives and families. They were the first of over one hundred bearers of this name to arrive in America throughout the next two centuries.

Kilde: http://www.houseofnames.com/xq/asp.fc/qx/voight-family-crest.htd

”The name Vogt, Vogd, Voigt, Voit, Vod, Vot is derived from the Latin Vocatus meaning one who is called or appointed and is pronounced Faut or Foit. In my family it was Anglicized to Fite after the Revolution.”

Kilde: http://genforum.genealogy.com/voight/messages/16.html