Gotz History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Gotz family

The surname Gotz was first found in Franconia, later Hessen, where this family name became a prominent contributor to the development of the district from ancient times. The family descends from Franconian German Knights who expanded their territories eastwards, eventually acquiring estates in Brandenburg such as Zehlendorf and Zuehlendorf. Always prominent in social affairs, the name became an integral part of that turbulent region as it emerged to form alliances with other families within the Feudal System and the nation.

Early History of the Gotz family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gotz research. Another 159 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1480, 1562, 1591, 1633, 1635, 1662, 1717, 1721, 1722, 1781, and 1786 are included under the topic Early Gotz History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Gotz Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Goetz, Gotz, Goets, Goeze, Goetze, Goetzen, Goetse, Gotze, Gotse and many more.

Early Notables of the Gotz family (pre 1700)

Prominent figures of the time who bore the name Gotz were Goetz von Berlichingen (Wuerttemburg, 1480-1562), a soldier and knight who owned castles across Wuerttemburg and Franconia and struggled with the Emperor and Bishop of Bamberg for power. His...
Another 38 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gotz Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Gotz migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gotz Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Gilbert Gotz, aged 9, who landed in New York, NY in 1889 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Gotz (post 1700) +

  • Leonhard "Leo" Götz (1883-1962), German painter
  • Franz Götz, German fighter pilot and flying ace in the Luftwaffe, during World War II, credited with 63 aerial victories, awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
  • Hans Götz, German fighter pilot and flying ace in the Luftwaffe, during World War II, credited with 82 aerial victories, awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross


  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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