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The roots of the distinguished German surname Bitz lie in the former duchy of Swabia. The name is of two possible origins; firstly, it is derived from "Bitz," the name of a settlement near the town of Balingen in Swabia. Alternatively, it is derived from the Middle High German "bizune," meaning "field enclosed by a fence." In this case, the progenitor of the name would have dwelled on or near such a piece of land.

Bitz Early Origins



The surname Bitz was first found in Swabia, where it is believed to have originated. It was a common practice of the time to refer to a new resident of a city by the name of his hometown; thus, it is likely that the initial bearer of the name was a native of the village of Bitz who had settled in another city. The young Bitz family was instrumental during this early period, playing a major role in the development of medieval Swabian society.

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Bitz Spelling Variations


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Bitz Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Bitz, Bitze, Bitzer, Bitzius, Bytzer, Bïtzer and many more.

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Bitz Early History


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Bitz Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bitz research. Another 177 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1290, 1454, and 1855 are included under the topic Early Bitz History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bitz Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bitz Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bitz 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



Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Hans Gorg Bitz, who settled in New York in 1709 with his wife and their four children; Ludwig Bitzer and his wife Anna Maria, who emigrated from Württemburg to Pennsylvania in 1750 with their six children.

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Contemporary Notables of the name Bitz (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Bitz (post 1700)



  • Paul Joseph Bitz (1923-2014), American politician
  • Hermann Bitz (b. 1950), retired German football player
  • Bertrand Bitz (b. 1978), Swiss singer and songwriter
  • Scott Bitz (b. 1973), Canadian curler and two-time provincial champion
  • Byron John Bitz (b. 1984), Canadian professional ice hockey player

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Brechenmacher, Josef Karlmann. Deutches Namenbuch. Stuttgart: Verlag von Adolf Bonz & Comp, 1928. Print.
    2. Kapff, Rudolf. Schwäbische Geschlechtsnamen. Stuttgart: Verlag Silberburg, 1927. Print.
    3. 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).
    4. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    5. Bahlow, Hans and Edda Gentry. Translation Dictionary of German Names 2nd Edition. Madison: University of Wisconsin, 2002. Print.
    6. Nied, Edmund. Fraenkische Familiennamen urkundlich gesammelt und sprachlich gedeutet. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1933. Print.
    7. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    8. Jones, George F. The Germans of Colonial Georgia 1733-1783 Revised edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0806311614).
    9. Kneschke, Dr. Ernest Heinrich. Neues allgemeines Deutsches Adels-Lexicon 9 Volumes New General German Aristocracy Lexicon. Leipzig: Friedrich Voigt, 1859. Print.
    10. Schenk, Trudy. Wuerttemberg Emigration Index Volume I-VIII. Salt Lake City: Ancestry Inc., 1986. Print.
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    The Bitz Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bitz 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 8 May 2014 at 10:27.

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