Friday, August 19, 2016

Vogt / Voigt / Voight / Voit Surnames


Trial before the wójt by Józef Chełmoński (1873), National Museum in Warsaw

A Vogt (German: [ foːkt]), from the Old High German, also Voigt or Fauth); plural Vögte; Dutch(land)voogd; Norwegian fogd; Swedish fogde; Danish foged; Polish: wójt; Finnish vouti;Romanian voit); ultimately from Latin [ad]vocatus, in the Holy Roman Empire was a title of a reeve or advocate, an overlord (mostly of nobility) exerting guardianship or military protection as well as secular justice (Blutgericht) over a certain territory. The territory or area of responsibility of a Vogt is called a Vogtei (from [ad]vocatia). The term also denotes a mayor of a village.

Vogt / Voight Origin Maps in Germany