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

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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Another 25 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Goertz Notables 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. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  3. Kneschke, Dr. Ernest Heinrich. Neues allgemeines Deutsches Adels-Lexicon 9 Volumes New General German Aristocracy Lexicon. Leipzig: Friedrich Voigt, 1859. Print.
  4. Haverkamp, Alfred. Medieval Germany 1056-1273 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print.
  5. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmachers Wappenbuch. München, Battenberg: 1975. Print.
  6. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  7. Bahlow, Hans and Edda Gentry. Translation Dictionary of German Names 2nd Edition. Madison: University of Wisconsin, 2002. Print.
  8. Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. Print.
  9. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
  10. Bahlow, Hans. Abhandlungen zur Namenforschung und Buchgeschichte. 1980. Print. (ISBN 978-3768690522).
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This page was last modified on 19 October 2015 at 15:21.

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