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Origins Available: German, Scottish

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

The ancient and distinguished German surname Elzy is derived from "Elze," "Eltz," or "Elz," all names of towns located in Northern Germany. It was a common practice at the time to refer to a new resident of a city by the name of his hometown; thus, it is likely that the progenitor of the name Elzy was a native of one of these cities who had settled in another region.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Elze, Eltz, Elz, Ellzey, Elzy, Elzey and others.

First found in Lower Saxony, along the banks of the Leine River, where the ancestral home of the family is thought to be located. The earliest known bearer of the name was Ludeke Elze, who was a counselor of Brunswick in 1399. The young Elzy family was instrumental during this early period, playing a major role in the history of the region and contributing greatly to the development of medieval German society.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Elzy research. Another 185 words(13 lines of text) covering the years 1399, 1510, 1518, 1581, 1634, 1673, 1795, 1821, 1879, and 1889 are included under the topic Early Elzy History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 42 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Elzy Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Ludwig Eltz, who emigrated from the Rhineland to America in 1729; Johan Peter Eltz, who immigrated to Philadelphia in 1753; Ernst Elze, a Brunswicker mercenary who settled in America after fighting in the Revolutionary War.

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  10. Bahlow, Hans and Edda Gentry. Translation Dictionary of German Names 2nd Edition. Madison: University of Wisconsin, 2002. Print.
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The Elzy Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Elzy 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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