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The ancestral home of the Härtz family is in the German province of Bavaria. Härtz is a German nickname surname. Such names came from eke-names, or added names, that described their initial bearer through reference to a physical characteristic or other attribute. It is a name for a kindhearted or stalwart individual, and is derived from the German word herz, which means heart.

Härtz Early Origins



The surname Härtz was first found in Bavaria, where this family made important contributions toward the development of this district from ancient times. Always prominent in social and political affairs, the family formed alliances with other families within the Feudal System and the nation. Individual bearers of this name first mentioned in ancient chronicles include Martin Hercz, who lived in the Bohemian town of Iglau around the year 1383.

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Härtz Spelling Variations


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Härtz Spelling Variations



In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations of the name Härtz include Hertz, Hertze, Herttz, Herttze, Herz, Herze, Herzz, Herzze, Haertz, Haerz, Herts and many more.

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Härtz Early History


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Härtz Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Härtz research. Another 159 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1803, 1835, and 1888 are included under the topic Early Härtz History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Härtz Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Härtz Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent among members of the name Härtz in this period include Henri Herz (1803-1888), who was a German pianist and composer. A celebrated concert pianist, he also founded his...

Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Härtz 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



Thousands of German settlers came to North America between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries. The hardships of the long voyage were balanced by the opportunity to escape poverty and religious persecution. The descendents of these settlers still populate the states of Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Many also live in Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Härtz or a variant listed above:

Härtz Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Johannes Hartz, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1749

Härtz Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Francis Hartz, who landed in Maryland in 1801
  • Eduard Hartz, who arrived in Texas in 1844
  • Henry Hartz, who arrived in Somerset County, Pennsylvania in 1848
  • Anthony Hartz, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1848
  • George Hartz, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1860
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Härtz (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Härtz (post 1700)



  • Louis Hartz (1919-1986), American political scientist
  • Jim Hartz (b. 1940), American television personality, Today Show Host with Barbara Walters (1974–1976)
  • Harry Hartz (1896-1974), American auto mechanic and race car driver, inducted in the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in 1998
  • Harris L Hartz (b. 1947), American jurist, Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit (2001-)
  • Peter Hartz (b. 1941), German human resources executive at the German public company Volkswagen, eponym of the Hartz-reforms and the Hartz concept
  • Lauritz Hartz (1903-1987), Danish artist
  • Nikolaj Eeg Kruse Hartz (1867-1937), Danish geologist and botanist

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    2. Jones, George F. The Germans of Colonial Georgia 1733-1783 Revised edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0806311614).
    3. Haverkamp, Alfred. Medieval Germany 1056-1273 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print.
    4. Nied, Edmund. Fraenkische Familiennamen urkundlich gesammelt und sprachlich gedeutet. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1933. 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. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    7. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    8. Oswald, G. Lexicon der Heraldik. Leipzig: 1984. Print.
    9. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    10. Brechenmacher, Josef Karlmann. Deutches Namenbuch. Stuttgart: Verlag von Adolf Bonz & Comp, 1928. Print.
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    The Härtz Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Härtz 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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