The ancient and distinguished German surname Elts is derived from "Elze," "Eltz," or "Elz," all names of towns located in Northern Germany
. It was a common practice at the time to refer to a new resident of a city by the name of his hometown; thus, it is likely that the progenitor of the name Elts was a native of one of these cities who had settled in another region.
Early Origins of the Elts family
The surname Elts was first found in Lower Saxony
, along the banks of the Leine River, where the ancestral home of the family is thought to be located. The earliest known bearer of the name was Ludeke Elze, who was a counselor of Brunswick in 1399. The young Elts family was instrumental during this early period, playing a major role in the history of the region and contributing greatly to the development of medieval German society.
Early History of the Elts family
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Elts Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Elze, Eltz, Elz, Ellzey, Elzy, Elzey and others.
Early Notables of the Elts family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Elts family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Ludwig Eltz, who emigrated from the Rhineland
to America in 1729; Johan Peter Eltz, who immigrated to Philadelphia in 1753; Ernst Elze, a Brunswicker mercenary who settled in America after fighting in the Revolutionary War.