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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


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bahlow, Hans. Abhandlungen zur Namenforschung und Buchgeschichte. 1980. Print. (ISBN 978-3768690522).
    2. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmachers Wappenbuch. München, Battenberg: 1975. Print.
    3. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    4. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    5. Oswald, G. Lexicon der Heraldik. Leipzig: 1984. Print.
    6. Hildenbrand, A.M. Wappenfibel. Handbuch der Heraldik. Neustadt an der Aisch: 1970. Print.
    7. Nied, Edmund. Fraenkische Familiennamen urkundlich gesammelt und sprachlich gedeutet. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1933. Print.
    8. Tarneller, Josef. Zur Namenkunde Tirolen Familiennamen. Bozen: Buchhandlung, 1923. Print.
    9. Strassburger, Ralph B. Pennsylvania German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
    10. 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).
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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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