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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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  • 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. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2000. Print. (ISBN 978-0806303024).
  4. Schenk, Trudy. Wuerttemberg Emigration Index Volume I-VIII. Salt Lake City: Ancestry Inc., 1986. Print.
  5. Jones, George F. The Germans of Colonial Georgia 1733-1783 Revised edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0806311614).
  6. Gottschald, Max. Deutsche Namenkunde unsere Familiennamen nach ihrer Entstehung und Bedeutung. München: J.F. Lehmanns Verlag, 1932. Print.
  7. Brechenmacher, Josef Karlmann. Deutches Namenbuch. Stuttgart: Verlag von Adolf Bonz & Comp, 1928. Print.
  8. Tarneller, Josef. Zur Namenkunde Tirolen Familiennamen. Bozen: Buchhandlung, 1923. Print.
  9. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  10. Strassburger, Ralph B. German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
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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 16 January 2012 at 09:12.

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