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The ancestral home of the Herzberg family is in the German province of Bavaria. Herzberg 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.

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The surname Herzberg 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.

One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Herzberg include Hertz, Hertze, Herttz, Herttze, Herz, Herze, Herzz, Herzze, Haertz, Haerz, Herts and many more.


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

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Another 56 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Herzberg Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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German settlers were among the most common to come to North America between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries. Poverty and religious persecution drove many Bavarians to make this long trek. tenant farmers were also enticed by the prospect of owning land. From east to west, these German immigrants populated the United States, settling in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada also provided homes to many. Early settlers bearing the Herzberg surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Herzberg Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Friedrich Herzberg, who arrived in Long Island in 1781

Herzberg Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Wilhelm Herzberg, who arrived in America in 1845
  • William Herzberg, aged 48, landed in New York, NY in 1860
  • Frederick Herzberg, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1876
  • Meyer Herzberg, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1877

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  • Frederick Irving Herzberg (1923-2000), American psychologist, best known for introducing job enrichment and the Motivator-Hygiene theory
  • L. L. Herzberg (d. 1946), American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Alabama, 1936
  • Aaron Herzberg, American Democrat politician, Delegate to New York State Constitutional Convention 9th District, 1894
  • Abel Jacob Herzberg (1893-1989), Dutch Jewish lawyer, writer and poet
  • Judith Frieda Lina Herzberg (b. 1934), Dutch Jewish poet
  • Steven Herzberg (b. 1967), English-born, former Australian cricketer who played from 1990 to 1997
  • Gerhard Heinrich Friedrich Otto Julius Herzberg PC CC FRSC FRS (1904-1999), German-born, Canadian pioneering physicist and physical chemist, who won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1971, Chancellor of Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada from 1973 to 1980


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  1. Götze, Alfred. Familiennamen im badischen Oberland. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1918. Print.
  2. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
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  6. Bahlow, Hans (Edda Gentry trns). Dictionary of German Names . Madison, Wisconsin: Max Kade Institute, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-924119-35-7).
  7. Steed, Henry Wickham . The Hapsburg Monarchy. London: Constable and Company, 1919. Print.
  8. Gottschald, Max. Deutsche Namenkunde unsere Familiennamen nach ihrer Entstehung und Bedeutung. München: J.F. Lehmanns Verlag, 1932. Print.
  9. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  10. Karlsruhe. Badisches Generallandesarchiv Baden Emigration lists 1866-1911. Salt Lake City: Microfilm of Card Index by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Print.
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The Herzberg Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Herzberg 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 6 November 2015 at 10:46.

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