Henze History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

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

Early Origins of the Henze family

The surname Henze 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.

Important Dates for the Henze family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Henze 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 Henze History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Henze 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 Henze family (pre 1700)

Prominent bearers of the family name Henze 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 Henze Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Henze migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Henze Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Heinrich August Henze, who landed in America in 1781 [1]
Henze Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Franz Hrch Wilh Henze, who arrived in America in 1840 [1]
  • William Henze, who arrived in Indiana in 1852 [1]

Henze migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Henze Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Henry Henze, (b. 1823), aged 38, Germanfarm labourer, from Hanover travelling from London aboard the ship "Sebastopol" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 14th December 1861 [2]
  • Mrs. Johanna Henze, (b. 1833), aged 28, Germansettler, from Hanover travelling from London aboard the ship "Sebastopol" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 14th December 1861 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Henze (post 1700)

  • William E. Henze, American politician, Candidate for Circuit Judge in Michigan 3rd Circuit, 1905 [3]
  • Walter A. Henze, American Republican politician, Mayor of Iron Mountain, Michigan; Elected 1922; Candidate in primary for U.S. Representative from Michigan 12th District, 1936 [3]
  • Bettye Henze, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for Arizona, 1992 [3]
  • Stefan Henze (1981-2016), German slalom canoeist silver medalist in the C-2 event at the 2004 Summer Olympics
  • Leon Henze (b. 1992), German footballer
  • Karl Henze (1916-1985), German Major in the Luftwaffe during World War II, recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves
  • Jürgen Henze (b. 1950), East German gold medalist slalom canoer at the 1972 Summer Olympics
  • Frank Henze (b. 1977), German three-time gold, silver and bronze medalist slalom canoer
  • Albert Henze (1894-1979), German Generalleutnant in the Wehrmacht during World War II, recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves
  • Hans Werner Henze (1926-2012), German composer

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Citations

  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. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 7) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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