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Where did the German Artz family come from? What is the German Artz family crest and coat of arms? When did the Artz family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Artz family history?

The Artz surname comes from the Middle High German word "arzet," which meant "a physician." It came into being as a family name in the 1300s, and was generally taken on not by full-time doctors, but by someone who practiced the healing arts.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Arz, Arzt, Arze, Arzz, Arzio, Arzze, Arzzio and others.

First found in Tyrol, where the name Arz became noted for its many branches with the region, each house acquiring a status and influence which was envied by the princes of the region. Over time, the family became a power unto themselves and were elevated to the ranks of nobility.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Artz research. Another 237 words(17 lines of text) covering the year 1648 is included under the topic Early Artz History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Artz Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Artz Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Johannes Artz, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1732
  • John Artz, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1762

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  • Alice Josephine Artz (b. 1943), renowned American classical guitarist


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  10. Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. Print.
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The Artz Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Artz 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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