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Where did the German Blatz family come from? What is the German Blatz family crest and coat of arms? When did the Blatz family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Blatz family history?

The Blatz surname comes from the German word "plötz," a type of fish. As such, the surname may have evolved from a nickname for someone thought to resemble the fish, or as an occupational name for someone who caught or sold these fish.


Spelling variations of this family name include: Plotz, Plots, Plotze, Plotzes, Plotse, Plottz, Plotts, Plootz, Ploots, Plottzes, Blotz, Blots and many more.

First found in Saxony, where the name came from humble beginnings but gained a significant reputation for its contribution to the emerging mediaeval society. It later became more prominent as many branches of the same house acquired distant estates and branches, some in foreign countries, always elevating their social status by their great contributions to society.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Blatz research. Another 193 words (14 lines of text) covering the year 1790 is included under the topic Early Blatz History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Blatz Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Hans Geo Blatz, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1749

Blatz Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Daniel Blatz, who landed in Manitoba in 1875
  • Gerhard Blatz, who arrived in Manitoba in 1875


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  6. Nied, Edmund. Fraenkische Familiennamen urkundlich gesammelt und sprachlich gedeutet. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1933. Print.
  7. Bahlow, Hans and Edda Gentry. Translation Dictionary of German Names 2nd Edition. Madison: University of Wisconsin, 2002. Print.
  8. Bahlow, Hans (Edda Gentry trns). Dictionary of German Names . Madison, Wisconsin: Max Kade Institute, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-924119-35-7).
  9. Jones, Henry Z. Palatine Families of New York 2 Volumes. Rockland, ME: Picton Press, 2001. Print. (ISBN 978-0961388829).
  10. Zoder, Rudolf. Familiennamen in Ostfalen. Hildesheim: Geog Olms Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1968. Print.
  11. ...

The Blatz Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Blatz 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 23 September 2010 at 15:36.

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