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

The German name Wirtz has evolved from several different sources. The name may be a derivative of the Middle High German "wert" meaning "river island," or "river bank." It may have come from the ancient personal name Werner, composed of the Old High German "warjan" meaning "protection" and "hari" meaning "army." The Middle High German word "wurz" meant "greenery" or "herb" and Wirtz may have been an occupational name for a green grocer. It also possible that as a surname, Wirtz derived from a place name, such as the town named Wurzberg, in the Odenwald region.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Wertz, Werz, Wert, Wurz, Wurtz, Wirz and others.

First found in the Rhineland-Palatinate, Southwestern Germany, where a Werzo Carpentarius was listed as residing in Worms in 1277. Another early instance of the name is of Conrad der alt Wurz (the elder Conrad,) who was listed in the "Wurttembergische Viertelsjahrhefte fur Landesgeschichte," as being a citizen of Horkheim in 1370.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wirtz research. Another 121 words(9 lines of text) covering the years 1417, 1477, and 1487 are included under the topic Early Wirtz History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 79 words(6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wirtz Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Wirtz Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Jacob Wirtz, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1731
  • Jacob Wirtz, aged 26, landed in Pennsylvania in 1731
  • Johannes Conrad Wirtz, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1735
  • Hans Conrad Wirtz, aged 26, arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1735
  • Lisa Magdalena Wirtz, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1737


Wirtz Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Anne Marie Wirtz, who settled in America in 1835
  • William Wirtz, aged 30, landed in St Louis, Missouri in 1848
  • George Wirtz, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1851
  • Anton Wirtz, aged 32, landed in America in 1857
  • Georg Wirtz, aged 14, arrived in New York in 1862


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  • William Willard Wirtz (b. 1912), American administrator, Secretary of Labor (1962-1969)
  • Alvin J. Wirtz (1888-1951), American lawyer, Under Secretary for the Department of the Interior (1940-1941)
  • Arthur Wirtz (1901-1983), American businessman, owner Chicago Blackhawks & Bulls
  • Carl Wilhelm Wirtz (1876-1939), German astronomer
  • Karl Eugen Julius Wirtz (1910-1994), German nuclear physicist
  • Kris Wirtz (b. 1969), Canadian figure skater


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  9. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  10. Jones, George F. The Germans of Colonial Georgia 1733-1783 Revised edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0806311614).
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The Wirtz Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Wirtz 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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