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Multiple Origins for the Surname Herz



The ancestral home of the Herz family is in the German province of Bavaria. Herz is a German nickname surname. Such names came from eke-names, or added names, that described their initial bearer through reference to a physical characteristic or other attribute. It is a name for a kindhearted or stalwart individual, and is derived from the German word herz, which means heart.

Herz Early Origins



The surname Herz was first found in Bavaria, where this family made important contributions toward the development of this district from ancient times. Always prominent in social and political affairs, the family formed alliances with other families within the Feudal System and the nation. Individual bearers of this name first mentioned in ancient chronicles include Martin Hercz, who lived in the Bohemian town of Iglau around the year 1383.

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Herz Spelling Variations


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Herz Spelling Variations



In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations of the name Herz include Hertz, Hertze, Herttz, Herttze, Herz, Herze, Herzz, Herzze, Haertz, Haerz, Herts and many more.

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Herz Early History


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Herz Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Herz research. Another 159 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1803, 1835, and 1888 are included under the topic Early Herz History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Herz Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Herz Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent among members of the name Herz in this period include Henri Herz (1803-1888), who was a German pianist and composer. A celebrated concert pianist, he also founded his...

Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Herz Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



The great European flow of migration to North America, which began in the middle of the 17th century and continued into the 20th century, was particularly attractive to those from Bavaria who wished to escape either poverty or religious persecution. For many Bavarian tenant farmers, the chance to own their own land was a major incentive. So the widespread colonization of the United States began in 1650, when many immigrants from Germany settled in pockets in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. In Canada, German settlement centered in Ontario and the prairie provinces. Among those of this surname listed in various historical records were:

Herz Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Samson Herz, who landed in America in 1833
  • Christian Herz arrived in Philadelphia in 1834
  • Christian Herz, who arrived in America in 1842
  • Friedrich Herz, who arrived in New York, NY in 1846
  • Maria Barbara Herz, who landed in Missouri in 1847
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Herz (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Herz (post 1700)



  • Shirley Herz (1925-2013), American Tony Award for Excellence in Theatre award winning Broadway theatre production press representative
  • Adam Herz (b. 1972), American screenwriter and producer, best known for his work on the American Pie films
  • Michael Herz, American film producer, director, screenwriter and co-founder of Troma Entertainment
  • William Herz, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul General in Vienna, 1884
  • Martin Florian Herz (1917-1983), American politician, U.S. Ambassador to Bulgaria, 1974-77
  • George Washington Herz, American Republican politician, Candidate for New York State Senate 2nd District, 1928
  • Charles Herz, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Wyoming, 2004; Member, Rules Committee, 2008
  • Winfried Herz (b. 1929), retired German footballer
  • Marcus "Markus" Herz (1747-1803), German physician and lecturer on philosophy
  • Ernst Herz, Austrian gold, silver and two-time bronze medalist figure skater in the early 1900s
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Jones, George F. The Germans of Colonial Georgia 1733-1783 Revised edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0806311614).
    2. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    3. Haverkamp, Alfred. Medieval Germany 1056-1273 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print.
    4. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    5. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    6. Garland, Mary and Henry Garland Editions. Oxford Companion To German Literature 3rd Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997. Print. (ISBN 0198158963).
    7. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    8. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    9. Nied, Edmund. Fraenkische Familiennamen urkundlich gesammelt und sprachlich gedeutet. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1933. Print.
    10. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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    The Herz Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Herz Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 9 January 2017 at 09:15.

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