Show ContentsHeinze History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The German state of Saxony, where the distinguished surname Heinze 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 Heinze originates as a short form of the personal name Heinrich.

Early Origins of the Heinze family

The surname Heinze 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 Heinze family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Heinze 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, 1803, 1630 and 1700 are included under the topic Early Heinze History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Heinze 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 Heinze family (pre 1700)

Prominent bearers of the family name Heinze 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; Christopher Heins (died 1689), Lieutenant and interim Governor-General...
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United States Heinze migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Heinze Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Jean Heinze, who landed in New York, NY in 1782 [1]
  • Gottfried Heinze, who landed in America in 1783 [1]
Heinze Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Domishof Heinze, who arrived in America in 1833 [1]
  • Fried Heinze, who arrived in Galveston, Tex in 1851 [1]
  • Henry Heinze, who arrived in St Clair County, Illinois in 1872 [1]
  • Peter Heinze, aged 21, who landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1875 [1]
  • Marg Heinze, aged 26, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1878 [1]
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Canada Heinze migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Heinze Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Gottfried Heinze, who settled in Canada in 1783

Australia Heinze migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Heinze Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Agneta Heinze, aged 21, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1848 aboard the ship "Alfred" [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Heinze (post 1700) +

  • Steve Heinze (b. 1970), former NHL hockey player
  • Rodney W. Heinze, American politician, Mayor of Canton, Illinois, 2007 [3]
  • James H. Heinze (b. 1914), American Republican politician, Member of Michigan State House of Representatives 45th District, 1967-72; Defeated in primary, 1972 [3]
  • Timo Heinze (b. 1986), German footballer
  • Karl Rudolf Heinze (1865-1928), German Vice-Chancellor
  • Sir Bernard Heinze (1894-1982), Australian conductor and teacher who was knighted in 1949
  • Kevin Heinze (1928-2008), Australian television presenter
  • Heinze Bakker (1942-2021), Dutch sports journalist

  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. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ALFRED 1848. Retrieved from
  3. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 26) . Retrieved from on Facebook