Elz History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

Early Origins of the Elz family

The surname Elz 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 Elz 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 Elz family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Elz research. Another 133 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1399, 1518, 1510, 1581, 1634, 1673, 1795, 1879, 1821 and 1889 are included under the topic Early Elz History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Elz Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Elz family (pre 1700)

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United States Elz migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Elz Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Frederick Elz, aged 24, who landed in Missouri in 1846 [1]
  • Jakob Elz, who arrived in North America in 1872 [1]

  1. ^ 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)

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