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The letters "b" and "p" are pronounced similarly in the German language, and were virtually interchangeable prior to the standardization of spelling in recent centuries. Thus the surname Britz, can appear with either letter, creating both Breitzke and Pritzke. There are several possible origins for the Britz surname. There are two towns named Britz in the Brandenburg region. One is a southern suburb of Berlin, the other, a settlement approximately twenty-five miles northeast of Berlin. Either may have inspired the surname. The surname Britz, can also be patronymic, derived from the father of the original bearer. Britz would then be based upon a short form of the Slavic personal name Pribislaw. Priczlaus and Prinzel were names found in Breslau around 1300, and Preczlaus Kuschmalcz was an episcopal vassal in Silesia in 1404. The surname may also have originated with a nickname, such as "Britsch" which was used to describe a person who was perceived as "bad-tempered" or "irritable."

Britz Early Origins



The surname Britz was 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. Jacobus dictus der Britschen lived in Mainz in 1315, as did Jakob zur Britzen in 1338 and Jekeln Peter Britschen in 1356. Hanss Brittsch was a farmer and a weaver in Kempten in 1575. Valtin Pritzman was a resident of Brandenburg in 1597.

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Britz Spelling Variations


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Britz Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Breitkreitz, Britzke, Breitzke, Breitz, Britz, Britzkretz, Breitkreuz, Britzmann, Bretzmann, Brietzke, Britzkow, Pritzke and many more.

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Britz Early History


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Britz Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Britz research. Another 148 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1776 and 1853 are included under the topic Early Britz History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Britz Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Britz Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Britz 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 were:

Britz Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Ulrich Britz, who arrived in America in 1749
  • Jacob Britz, who was naturalized in Philadelphia 1798

Britz Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Christian Britz, who was also naturalized in Pennsylvania in 1805
  • Christian Britz, aged 33, arrived in Delaware Bay or River in 1805
  • Michel Britz and his wife and three children immigrated to Brazil in 1872
  • Jacob Britz in Illinois in 1895

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Contemporary Notables of the name Britz (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Britz (post 1700)



  • David Alexander Britz (b. 1980), American scientist and engineer, best known for work in materials science and nanotechnology
  • Charles "Chuck" Dean Britz (1927-2000), American recording engineer, best known for his work with the Beach Boys from 1962 to 1967
  • Jerilyn Britz (b. 1943), American professional (LPGA) golfer, winner of the 1979 US Open
  • Bernhard Rudolf Britz (1906-1935), Swedish Olympic road racing cyclist
  • Tienie Britz (b. 1945), South African golfer, winner of the South African PGA Championship in 1971

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    2. Nied, Edmund. Fraenkische Familiennamen urkundlich gesammelt und sprachlich gedeutet. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1933. Print.
    3. Schenk, Trudy. Wuerttemberg Emigration Index Volume I-VIII. Salt Lake City: Ancestry Inc., 1986. Print.
    4. 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).
    5. Bahlow, Hans (Edda Gentry trns). Dictionary of German Names . Madison, Wisconsin: Max Kade Institute, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-924119-35-7).
    6. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    7. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    8. Strassburger, Ralph B. German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
    9. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    10. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    11. ...

    The Britz Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Britz 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 19 May 2014 at 04:08.

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