Gützkow

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For the German writer, see Karl Gutzkow.
Gützkow
Coat of arms of Gützkow
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Gützkow   is located in Germany
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
Country Germany
State Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
District Vorpommern-Greifswald
Municipal assoc. Züssow
Government
 • Mayor Jutta Dinse
Area
 • Total 57.15 km2 (22.07 sq mi)
Elevation 12 m (39 ft)
Population (2012-12-31)[1]
 • Total 3,116
 • Density 55/km2 (140/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 17506
Dialling codes 038353
Vehicle registration OVP
Website stadt.guetzkow.de

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.

History[edit]

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 historial names include Gokecowe, Gotzekowe and Gotzkovborg[3]

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