Origins Available: Austrian
The Arz 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.
Early Origins of the Arz family
The surname Arz was first found in southern Tyrol, where this ancient family had their seat and noble titles since the 11th century. Their ancestral castle lies in the Castelfondo region, and chronicles mention the Countess Himeltrud von Arz, who married Percifal von Kaldoess around 1007. The Bishop Vigilius of Trento lent the family lands in Kaltern, and Kaiser Friedrich I gave Ullrich and Arnold von Arz the castle "Arz" in 1185. Later, the main line of this family became known as Arz von Wasegg.
Early History of the Arz family
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Arz Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Arz, Artz, Arts, Artze, Arzt, Arzte, Arzen, Arzze and others.
Early Notables of the Arz family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Arz family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Johann Jacob Arzt, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1751. David Arzt settled in Texas in 1854; George William Arzt came to Philadelphia in 1856; Wilhelmine Arzt settled in Texas in 1860..
Contemporary Notables of the name Arz (post 1700)
- General Artur Arz von Straussenberg, commander of the Austro-Hungarian First Army in 1916-1917