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The name Buchholz comes from Prussia, a historic region that originally encompassed the coastal lands of the southeast Baltic, but over time expanded to include much of Poland and the majority of Germany. In pre-medieval times, these Prussians used only one name, but later they were forced by a growing population to adopt hereditary surnames so that they would remain distinct from the many others with the same first name. Local names were often chosen. They originally indicated land ownership, and frequently carried the prefix von, meaning "of" or "from", which is often taken as an indication of aristocratic lineage. Buchholz was a name for some one lived any of the many places so named in the Holy Roman Empire.

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Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations of Buchholz include Buchholtz, Bucholtz, Bucholts, Buchholz, Buchholts, Buckholtz, Buckholts, Bukkholtz, Bukkholts, Beuchholtz, Beuchholts, Beucholtz, Beucholts, Beuchholz, Beuchholts, Beuckholtz, Beuckholts, Beukkholtz, Beukkholts, Buecholtz, Buecholts, Buechholz, Buechholts, Bueckholtz, Bueckholts, Buekkholtz, Buekkholts, Buckhotz, Buckhout and many more.

First found in Prussia, where the name Buchholtz was anciently associated with the tribal conflicts of the area. They declared allegiances to many nobles and princes of early history, lending their influence in struggles for power and status within the region. They branched into many houses, and their contributions were sought by many leaders in their search for power.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Buchholz research. Another 188 words (13 lines of text) covering the year 1765 is included under the topic Early Buchholz History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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The state of Prussia was a great influence on the shape of modern Germany. After the Second World War, Prussia's land was divided among the Soviet Union, Poland, East Germany and West Germany and the state was abolished. Some Prussians remained in those countries after the war, while many others migrated to North America in search of a new start. Philadelphia was their primary point of entry to the United States, after which many of them moved on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. A large number of Prussians also migrated to Ontario and the prairie provinces as United Empire Loyalists. Analysis of immigration records has shown some of the first Buchholzs to arrive in North America, and among them were:

Buchholz Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Christoph Buchholz, who arrived in Long Island in 1781

Buchholz Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • C D Buchholz, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1802
  • Gerhard Buchholz who arrived in Missouri in 1840
  • Gerhard Buchholz, aged 36, landed in Missouri in 1840
  • M A Buchholz, who arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1840
  • Sophie Buchholz, aged 64, landed in America in 1843


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  • John Theodore Buchholz (1888-1951), American botanist
  • Taylor Buchholz (b. 1981), American Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Clayton Daniel Buchholz (b. 1984), American Major League Baseball pitcher
  • William Buchholz, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Oklahoma Territory, 1904
  • Donald Alden Buchholz (b. 1929), American stock brokerage company executive
  • Earl "Butch" Buchholz Jr. (b. 1940), former American professional tennis player
  • Sabrina Buchholz (b. 1980), German biathlete
  • Werner Buchholz (b. 1948), German historian, currently a professor for Pomeranian History at the University of Greifswald
  • Horst Werner Buchholz (1933-2003), German born actor
  • Dr. Peter Buchholz, German Professor of Informatics at the Universität Dortmund

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The Buchholz Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Buchholz 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.

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