The ancient surname Gatzka is thought to be East German-Slavic in origin. It is most likely derived from a personal name
, such as "Gaczko" or "Gadafrid." The progenitor of the name was probably the son of someone who was known as Gatz.
Early Origins of the Gatzka family
The surname Gatzka was first found in East Germany
, in the regions of Silesia
, and Pomerania, where the name is thought to have originated. The personal name
Gaczko could be found in Breslau in 1328; it is therefore likely that the surname Gatzka emerged in this region shortly thereafter. The young Gatzka family was instrumental during this formative period, figuring prominently in the early history of the region and contributing greatly to the development of medieval German society.
Early History of the Gatzka family
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Gatzka Spelling Variations
Early Notables of the Gatzka family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Gatzka family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Jacob Gatz, who settled in Philadelphia in 1763; Christian Gatz, who was bound out as a servant in Philadelphia in 1773; Jean Gatz, who emigrated from Alsace to Louisiana in 1840.