Gantz History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The German surname Gantz is derived from the Middle High German word "ganser," which means "gander." Generally it came was a name for people, whose occupation involved raising geese.

Early Origins of the Gantz family

The surname Gantz was first found in Brunswick, where the name is considered to have made a great contribution to the feudal society which became the backbone early development in Europe. The name became prominent in local affairs and branched into many houses which played important roles in savage tribal and national conflicts, each group seeking power and status in an ever changing territorial profile. The family name also spread to Thuringia and to East Prussia.

Early History of the Gantz family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gantz research. Another 136 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1797, 1839, 1796, 1819, 1825, 1804, 1826, 1833, 1837, 1845, 1806, 1826, 1837 and 1869 are included under the topic Early Gantz History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Gantz Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Gans, Ganss, Ganse, Gansse, Ganz, Ganze, Gantz and many more.

Early Notables of the Gantz family (pre 1700)

Notables of the time included Eduard Ganz (1797-1839) was a German jurist born in Berlin, who taught law at the university. He was a liberal thinker and his course in Modern History was banned by the Prussian government. Adolf Ganz, born Oct. 14, 1796, was a violinist who studied harmony under Hollbusch; conductor at Mayence (1819), Capellmeister to the Grand Duke of Hesse Darmstadt (1825); composed a melodrama, overtures, marches, Lieder, and choruses for men's voices. His brother, Moritz, a cellist of the old school, born 1804, was first cello under Adolph at Mayence, and (1826) in the royal band at Berlin, where...
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Gantz Ranking

In the United States, the name Gantz is the 9,571st most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]


United States Gantz migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gantz Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Johannes Gantz, who arrived in New York, NY in 1709 [2]
  • John Gantz, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1762 [2]
  • Johann Georg Gantz, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1764 [2]
  • Friederich Gantz, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1774 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Gantz (post 1700) +

  • Martin Kissinger Gantz (1862-1916), American politician, U.S. Representative from Ohio
  • Timothy Nolan Gantz (1945-2004), American classical scholar
  • Roger Gantz, American soccer midfielder
  • Dave Gantz (1922-2007), American artist and sculptor
  • Pearl Gantz, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Nebraska, 1936 [3]
  • Martin Kissinger Gantz (1862-1916), American Democratic Party politician, Mayor of Troy, Ohio, 1889; U.S. Representative from Ohio 4th District, 1891-93; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1908 [3]
  • F. U. Gantz, American politician, Member of Pennsylvania State House of Representatives from Lancaster County, 1879-80 [3]
  • Benjamin Gantz, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate in primary for Circuit Judge in Michigan 3rd Circuit, 1935 [3]
  • Gerda Gantz (1915-1936), Romanian fencer at the 1936 Summer Olympics
  • Rav Aluf Binyamin "Benny" Gantz (b. 1959), current Chief of General Staff of the Israel Defense Forces
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  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 7) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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