Heinz History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The German state of Saxony, where the distinguished surname Heinz arose, is renowned for both its beauty, industry, and economic power. However, in the medieval era, Germany was fragmented and inhabited by numerous Barbarian tribes, who fought amongst themselves for control of the land. The ancient dukedom of Saxony derived its name from the Germanic tribe name the Saxons who inhabited the territory after the fall of the Roman Empire. The name Heinz originates as a short form of the personal name Heinrich.

Early Origins of the Heinz family

The surname Heinz was first found in Saxony, where the family gained a significant reputation for its contributions to the emerging mediaeval society. The name became prominent as many branches of the family founded separate houses and acquired estates in various regions, always elevating their social status by their great contributions to society. Individual bearers of the name first mentioned in ancient chronicles include Ruf Heinz in Esslingen in 1417.

Early History of the Heinz family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Heinz research. Another 337 words (24 lines of text) covering the years 1595, 1841, 1805, 1608, 1817, 1602, 1564, 1609, 1630, 1689, 1686, 1687, 1688, 1689, 1749 and 1803 are included under the topic Early Heinz History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Heinz Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Heintz, Heinz, Heinze, Heintze, Heinzer, Heintzer, Hainz, Haintz, Hainze, Haintze, Haintzer, Hainzer, Hintz, Hinz, Hinze, Hinzer, Hintze, Hintzer, Hyntz, Hynz, Heinse, Heintse, Heinttze, Heinttz, Heintzel, Heinzel, Heinzelmann, Heinzelman, Heintzelmann, Heintzelman, Heynz, Heyntze, Heincze and many more.

Early Notables of the Heinz family (pre 1700)

Prominent bearers of the family name Heinz at this time were Joseph Heintz (or Heinz) the Elder (1564-1609), a Swiss painter, draftsman and architect; Ernst Heintze (died 1630), who became a Chancellor of Bohemia...
Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Heinz Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Heinz migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Heinz Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Friedrich Adam Heinz, who landed in North America in 1818 [1]
  • Jakob Heinz, who landed in America in 1833 [1]
  • George Phillip Heinz, aged 28, who arrived in Missouri in 1844 [1]
  • Otto Heinz, who arrived in Texas in 1844 [1]
  • Gottfreid Heinz, who landed in Texas in 1845 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Heinz (post 1700) +

  • Henry J. Heinz (1844-1919), American businessman from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, founder of H. J. Heinz Company in 1888
  • Drue Heinz (1915-2018), née English, an English-born, American patron of the literary arts, actress, philanthropist and socialite, co-founder of Ecco Press, and endowed the Drue Heinz Literature Prize, married to H. J. Heinz II, president of Heinz
  • W C Heinz (b. 1915), American sportswriter
  • H John Heinz III (1938-1991), U.S. senator from Pennsylvania
  • Max P. Heinz, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Illinois 21st District, 1924 [2]
  • John A. Heinz, American Democrat politician, Elected Iowa State House of Representatives from Dubuque County 1950 [2]
  • Henry John III Heinz (1938-1991), American Republican politician, U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 18th District, 1971-77; U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania, 1977-91 [2]
  • Fred Heinz, American politician, Mayor of Davenport, Iowa, 1900-01 [2]
  • Chris B. Heinz, American politician, Mayor of Selma, Alabama, 1953-60 [2]
  • Charles G. Heinz, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Gold Democrat National Convention from Illinois, 1896 [2]
  • ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

USS Arizona
  • Mr. Robert H. Heinz, American Seaman First Class working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he survived the sinking [3]


  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)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 26) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  3. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html


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