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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.

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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.

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


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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.

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Another 75 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Eltz Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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


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  8. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  9. Bahlow, Hans and Edda Gentry. Translation Dictionary of German Names 2nd Edition. Madison: University of Wisconsin, 2002. Print.
  10. Tarneller, Josef. Zur Namenkunde Tirolen Familiennamen. Bozen: Buchhandlung, 1923. Print.
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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.

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