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Medieval Austria is the ancient homeland of the Benz family. Austria, which was originally home to a Celtic people, was conquered by the Roman Empire in about 15 BC Following the fall of Rome, Austria was repeatedly invaded by barbarian tribes, such as the Vandals, Visigoths, and Huns, who swept in from the east. During the 5th and 6th centuries, the Alemanni, Avars and Slavs settled Austria. The Avars were defeated in 785 by the Frankish Emperor Charlemagne, who set up the East Mark, which later became known as the Österreich. Austria was ruled by the Babenburger dynasty until 1278, when they were succeeded by the Hapsburg dynasty, which ruled Austria until the 20th century.

Benz Early Origins



The surname Benz was first found in Austria, where the name was closely identified in early mediaeval times with the feudal society which would become prominent throughout European history. The name would later emerge as a noble family with great influence, having many distinguished branches, and become noted for its involvement in social, economic and political affairs.

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Benz Spelling Variations


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Benz Spelling Variations



One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Benz include Benz, Benns, Bennze, Benze, Bennse, Bense, Bensz and others.

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Benz Early History


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Benz Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Benz research. Another 263 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1766 and 1839 are included under the topic Early Benz History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Benz Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Benz Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 42 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Benz Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Austria was made a republic after the First World War. The Austro-Hungarian Empire was broken up by the Treaty of Versailles and many of its people found themselves in the new nation of Czechoslovakia. Many other Austrians and expatriate Austrians made their way to North America in the 20th century. Most landed in Philadelphia, later continuing on to the states of Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Some Austrian settlers also went to western Canada and Ontario. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Benz or a variant listed above:

Benz Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Johanes Benz arrived in Philadelphia in 1732
  • Verena Benz came to Carolina in 1734
  • Verena Benz, who arrived in America in 1734

Benz Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Valentine Benz, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1848
  • Barbara Benz, aged 26, landed in New York, NY in 1848
  • Henry Benz, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1848
  • Johan Daniel Benz, aged 32, arrived in New York, NY in 1849
  • Carl Christian Benz, aged 22, arrived in New York, NY in 1849
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Benz Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Rudolph Benz, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1906
  • Rudolphe Benz arrived in Mobile, Alabama in 1906

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Contemporary Notables of the name Benz (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Benz (post 1700)



  • Larry Walker Benz (b. 1941), American NFL football safety who played from 1963 to 1965 for the Cleveland Browns
  • Julie M. Benz (b. 1972), American Satellite Award winning actress, known for her role as Darla on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel (1997-2004)
  • Derek Benz (b. 1971), American writer of fantasy fiction for children
  • George Albert Benz (b. 1926), American educator
  • Edmund Woodward Benz (b. 1911), American surgeon
  • Edward John Benz (b. 1923), American clinical pathologist
  • Walter Benz (b. 1931), German mathematician, an expert in geometry
  • Bertha Benz (1849-1944), née Ringer, a German automotive pioneer, wife and business partner of Karl Benz; she was the first person to drive an automobile over a long distance in 1886 thereby ensuring worldwide attention and getting the company its first sales
  • Karl Benz (1844-1929), German motor car pioneer, who designed and built a three wheel, chain-driven, water cooled internal combustion engined, coal oil fueled car in 1885
  • Richard Benz (1884-1966), notable anti-Nazi writer

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Brechenmacher, Josef Karlmann. Deutches Namenbuch. Stuttgart: Verlag von Adolf Bonz & Comp, 1928. Print.
    2. Haverkamp, Alfred. Medieval Germany 1056-1273 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print.
    3. Kneschke, Dr. Ernest Heinrich. Neues allgemeines Deutsches Adels-Lexicon 9 Volumes New General German Aristocracy Lexicon. Leipzig: Friedrich Voigt, 1859. Print.
    4. Nied, Edmund. Fraenkische Familiennamen urkundlich gesammelt und sprachlich gedeutet. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1933. Print.
    5. Garland, Mary and Henry Garland Editions. Oxford Companion To German Literature 3rd Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997. Print. (ISBN 0198158963).
    6. 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).
    7. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    8. Karlsruhe. Badisches Generallandesarchiv Baden Emigration lists 1866-1911. Salt Lake City: Microfilm of Card Index by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Print.
    9. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    10. 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).
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    The Benz Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Benz 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 28 November 2016 at 13:57.

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