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Gützkow is a town in the District of Vorpommern-Greifswald in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany. It is situated some 15 km south of Greifswald, on the north bank of the River Peene. Gützkow was the central town of the medieval County of Gützkow.

Gützkow
Coat of arms of Gützkow
Coat of arms
Location of Gützkow within Vorpommern-Greifswald district
Gützkow in VG.svg
Gützkow is located in Germany
Gützkow
Gützkow
Gützkow is located in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
Gützkow
Gützkow
Coordinates: 53°57′N 13°25′E / 53.950°N 13.417°E / 53.950; 13.417Coordinates: 53°57′N 13°25′E / 53.950°N 13.417°E / 53.950; 13.417
CountryGermany
StateMecklenburg-Vorpommern
DistrictVorpommern-Greifswald
Municipal assoc.Züssow
Government
 • MayorJutta Dinse
Area
 • Total57.29 km2 (22.12 sq mi)
Elevation
12 m (39 ft)
Population
 (2018-12-31)[1]
 • Total2,965
 • Density52/km2 (130/sq mi)
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes
17506
Dialling codes038353
Vehicle registrationVG
Websiteguetzkow.de

HistoryEdit

The name Gützkow is derived from the Slavic Old Polabian language, as is the case of most toponyms in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. The oldest records of the name are 1128 as "Gozgauia", 1140 Chozcho, 1163 Gozkowe, 1175 Gotzchowe, 1183 Chozkowe, 1207 Gotzkowe, 1214 Chozcowe, 1228 Gutzkowe and are derived from polabian Gost = German Gast[2] (English "guest"), the town having had a temple, to which many guests traveled. The assumption of a person named Chockov (place of Chocek, Chocek as name-giver) is not based on facts.

Other historical earliest historical names include Gokecowe, Gotzekowe and Gotzkovborg[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Statistisches Amt M-V – Bevölkerungsstand der Kreise, Ämter und Gemeinden 2018". Statistisches Amt Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (in German). July 2019.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-06-30. Retrieved 2013-05-29.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-06-30. Retrieved 2013-05-29.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)