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The Goertz surname is habitational name, derived from any of various places so named in eastern and northern Germany.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Gortz, Goerts, Goertze, Gortze and others.

First found in the Fulda region, where this family name was associated with an ancient family of Knights in the 9th century, who possessed the estate Schlitz.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Goertz research. Another 177 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1630, 1668, 1719, and 1726 are included under the topic Early Goertz History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Goertz Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • David Goertz, who sailed to New York in 1874
  • David Goertz, aged 36, landed in New York, NY in 1874
  • Erik Goertz, aged 20, who landed in America, in 1894

Goertz Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Anna Goertz, aged 8, who settled in America from Waldheim, in 1903
  • Arnold Goertz, aged 23, who landed in America from W. Gladbach, Germany, in 1913
  • Johanna Goertz, aged 58, who landed in America from Hamburg, Germany, in 1914
  • Joseph A. Goertz, aged 26, who emigrated to the United States, in 1919
  • Jacob C. Goertz, aged 20, who settled in America, in 1919


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  • Cheryl Ann Goertz, American politician, Socialist Workers Candidate for Presidential Elector for Massachusetts, 1972
  • Augustus F Goertz, American artist
  • Albrecht Graf Goertz (1914-2006), German designed cars for BMW
  • Raymond Goertz, early robotics engineer


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  2. Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. Print.
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  6. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
  8. Zoder, Rudolf. Familiennamen in Ostfalen. Hildesheim: Geog Olms Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1968. Print.
  9. Neubecker, Ottfried. Wappen-Bilder-Lexikon der bürgerlichen Geschlechter Deutschlands, Oesterreichs und der Schweiz. Battenberg, München: 1985. Print.
  10. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Journeys German Immigration, Settlement and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
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The Goertz Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Goertz 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.

This page was last modified on 19 October 2015 at 15:21.

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