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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.
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.
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.
Another 79 words(6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wirtz Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Wirtz Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Wirtz Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
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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