Hetzel History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Hetzel family

The surname Hetzel was first found in Belgium and Luxemburg, where the name became noted for its many branches in the region, each house acquiring a status and influence which was envied by the princes of the region. The name was first recorded in Luxemburg, a Grand Duchy of Europe and a province of Belgium. The House of Luxemburg is descended from Count Conrad who died 1086. Towns of the area include Viesalm, Herbeumont, Bertrix, Marche and Bastogne. In their later history the surname became a power unto themselves and were elevated to the ranks of nobility as they grew into a most influential family.

Early History of the Hetzel family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hetzel research. Another 90 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1629, 1635 and 1741 are included under the topic Early Hetzel History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hetzel Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Hatz, Hatze, Hatzen, Hatzer, Hetz, Hetzenburg, Hetzel, Hetzeldorf, Hetzer, Hetzler, Hetzmanseder, Hatzenberger, Hatzfeldt, Hatzold, Hatzolt, Hertz, Herz, Hertzeldorf and many more.

Early Notables of the Hetzel family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Hetzel Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Hetzel migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hetzel Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Nicholas Hetzel, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1733 [1]
  • Hans Michael Hetzel, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1750 [1]
  • Jacob Hetzel, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1751 [1]
  • Johan Jacob Hetzel, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1752 [1]
  • Christian Hetzel, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1766 [1]
Hetzel Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • George Hetzel, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1835 [1]
  • Georg Hetzel, who arrived in Galveston, Tex in 1846 [1]
  • Heinrich Hetzel, who landed in Galveston, Tex in 1846 [1]
  • Oswald Hetzel, who arrived in Texas in 1850-1906 [1]
  • Peter Hetzel, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1857 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Hetzel (post 1700) +

  • Frederick Armstrong Hetzel (1930-2003), American publisher and academic
  • Ralph Dorn Hetzel (1882-1947), American academic, 10th President of the Pennsylvania State University (1927-1947), eponym of the Hetzel Union Building (HUB) at Penn State University
  • Fred W. Hetzel (b. 1942), retired American NBA basketball player
  • Eric Paul Hetzel (b. 1963), American former Major League Baseball starting pitcher for the Boston Red Sox from 1989 to 1990
  • Willard C. Hetzel, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1972 [2]
  • Nell C. Hetzel, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New Jersey, 1944 [2]
  • J. J. Hetzel, American politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates from Morgan County, 1883-84 [2]
  • George Christian Hetzel, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for Pennsylvania, 1908 [2]
  • Basil Stuart Hetzel AC (1922-2017), Australian medical researcher who has specialized in iodine deficiency, a major cause of goitre and cretinism
  • Amy Hetzel (b. 1983), Australian bronze medalist water polo player at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, currently a television sports presenter


  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 2016, January 12) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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