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The ancient and distinguished German surname Eltz 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 Eltz was a native of one of these cities who had settled in another region.

Eltz Early Origins



The surname Eltz 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 Eltz 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.

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Eltz Spelling Variations


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Eltz Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Elze, Eltz, Elz, Ellzey, Elzy, Elzey and others.

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Eltz Early History


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Eltz Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Eltz research. Another 265 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1399, 1518, 1510, 1581, 1634, 1673, 1795, 1879, 1821 and 1889 are included under the topic Early Eltz History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Eltz Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Eltz Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 42 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Eltz 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 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.

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Contemporary Notables of the name Eltz (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Eltz (post 1700)



  • Theodore von Eltz (1893-1964), American film actor
  • George Jacob Eltz (b. 1893), electrical engineer from Brooklyn

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Jones, Henry Z. Palatine Families of New York 2 Volumes. Rockland, ME: Picton Press, 2001. Print. (ISBN 978-0961388829).
    2. Haverkamp, Alfred. Medieval Germany 1056-1273 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print.
    3. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmachers Wappenbuch. München, Battenberg: 1975. Print.
    4. Schenk, Trudy. Wuerttemberg Emigration Index Volume I-VIII. Salt Lake City: Ancestry Inc., 1986. Print.
    5. 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).
    6. Kapff, Rudolf. Schwäbische Geschlechtsnamen. Stuttgart: Verlag Silberburg, 1927. Print.
    7. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    8. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    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. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
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    The Eltz Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Eltz 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 16 July 2015 at 04:10.

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