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Origins Available: Austrian, German


The Artz surname comes from the Middle High German word "arzet," which meant "a physician." It came into being as a family name in the 1300s, and was generally taken on not by full-time doctors, but by someone who practiced the healing arts.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Arz, Arzt, Arze, Arzz, Arzio, Arzze, Arzzio and others.

First found in Tyrol, where the name Arz became noted for its many branches with the region, each house acquiring a status and influence which was envied by the princes of the region. Over time, the family became a power unto themselves and were elevated to the ranks of nobility.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Artz research. Another 237 words (17 lines of text) covering the year 1648 is included under the topic Early Artz History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Artz Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Artz Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Johannes Artz, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1732
  • John Artz, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1762

Artz Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Catharina Artz, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1757

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  • Claytee O. Artz, American politician, Socialist Workers Candidate for U.S. Representative from Michigan 15th District, 1974
  • Burton L. Artz (b. 1948), American politician, Socialist Workers Candidate for Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1972; Socialist Workers Candidate for Michigan State Board of Education, 1974
  • Alice Josephine Artz (b. 1943), renowned American classical guitarist


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  1. Garland, Mary and Henry Garland Editions. Oxford Companion To German Literature 3rd Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997. Print. (ISBN 0198158963).
  2. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmachers Wappenbuch. München, Battenberg: 1975. Print.
  3. Tarneller, Josef. Zur Namenkunde Tirolen Familiennamen. Bozen: Buchhandlung, 1923. Print.
  4. Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. Print.
  5. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  6. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  7. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Hopeful Journeys German Immigration, Settlement, and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
  8. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  9. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
  10. Götze, Alfred. Familiennamen im badischen Oberland. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1918. Print.
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The Artz Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Artz 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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