The ancient and distinguished German surname Elz is derived from "Elze," "Eltz," or "Elz," all names of towns located in Northern
. 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.
, 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.
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.
of this family name include: Elze, Eltz, Elz, Ellzey, Elzy, Elzey and others.