Show ContentsBuchholtz History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Nestled between the Rhine and Wesser rivers is the ancient German region of Westphalia. Westphalia, the home of the name Buchholtz. Hereditary surnames were adopted in this region after the 12th century, and surnames were derived from localities were common. Local surnames originally denoted the proprietorship of the village or estate. When coupled with the German preposition von, which means from or of, local names can indicate that the initial bearer of the name was an aristocrat. The Buchholtz family originally lived near a beech grove which is derived from the Old German word buchholz, which means beech grove, and is popular throughout Germany. The name Buchholtz is the name of numerous villages in the German states.

Early Origins of the Buchholtz family

The surname Buchholtz was first found in Westphalia, where this family became a prominent contributor to the development of the district from ancient times.

Early History of the Buchholtz family

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Buchholtz 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 Buchholtz include Bocholtz, Bockoltz, Bokoltz, Bokkoltz, Bocholtz, Bocholts, Bockolts, Bokkolts, Burkholtz, Burkoltz, Burckholtz, Burkoltz, Burgholtz, Burgholtz, Bocoltz, Burkolt, Burkoltz, Burkolts, Bocholz, Buchholtz, Bochholtz, Buchholtz, Bucholz, Bockholt, Bockhold, Bockholdz, Bocholte, Bokholdz, Bochheldt and many more.

Early Notables of the Buchholtz family (pre 1700)

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Buchholtz Ranking

In the United States, the name Buchholtz is the 17,022nd most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

United States Buchholtz migration to the United States +

Many Germans emigrated across the Atlantic to seek better lives in North America. This great migration began in the middle of the 17th century and continued into the 20th century. Resettlement was particularly attractive to those from Westphalia as a means of escape from poverty and religious persecution. For many Westphalian farmers, the chance to own one's own land was also a major incentive. The process of the widespread colonization of the United States began in 1650, when many immigrants from Germany settled in pockets in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. In Canada, German settlements centered around Ontario and the Prairie provinces. Among them were:

Buchholtz Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Heinrich Buchholtz, who settled in Germantown, Pennsylvania in 1685
Buchholtz Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Henry W Buchholtz, aged 27, who landed in Missouri in 1848 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Buchholtz (post 1700) +

  • Herbert Frederick Buchholtz (b. 1921), American consulting engineer and geologist
  • William H. Buchholtz, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Maryland, 1956 [3]
  • Dennis Buchholtz, American Republican politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1996 [3]
  • Klaus Buchholtz (b. 1963), German professional footballer
  • Helen Buchholtz (1877-1953), Luxembourg composer
  • Ludwig Heinrich Buchholtz (1740-1811), Prussian diplomat

  1. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  2. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 16) . Retrieved from on Facebook