Hoelscher History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Hoelscher surname is derived from the Upper German word "holz," which means "forest." Thus many of the names that evolved from this root work have to do with living in the woods, or being in the lumber industry. For example, Holzhauer, means lumberjack.

Early Origins of the Hoelscher family

The surname Hoelscher was first found in Swabia, where the name came from noble beginnings and gained a significant reputation for its contribution to the emerging mediaeval society. The name Holz has been associated with the noble cantons of Kocher and Ottenwald, where the family was connected to the great ruling dynasty of the Hohenstaufens. It is believed that the Holz family possessed feudal forest rights, and the oldest traced descendant of this branch is Siegfried von Holtz, who lived in Wuerttemberg around 1120. It later became more prominent as many branches of the same house acquired distant estates and branches, some in foreign countries, always elevating their social status by their great contributions to society.

Early History of the Hoelscher family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hoelscher research. Another 100 words (7 lines of text) covering the year 1832 is included under the topic Early Hoelscher History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hoelscher Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Holtz, Holtze, Holz, Holze, Holzer, Holtzer, Holzman, Holtzman, Holtzmann, Holzmann, Holtzel, Holzel and many more.

Early Notables of the Hoelscher family (pre 1700)

Another 41 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hoelscher Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Hoelscher migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hoelscher Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Elis Hoelscher, who landed in America in 1840 [1]
  • Bernard Hoelscher, who arrived in New York in 1866 [1]
  • Auguste Hoelscher, aged 1, who arrived in America, in 1895
Hoelscher Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Frank H Hoelscher, who arrived in Arkansas in 1902 [1]
  • William Hoelscher, aged 24, who arrived in America, in 1905
  • Paul Hoelscher, aged 54, who arrived in America, in 1905
  • Marie Hoelscher, aged 20, who arrived in America from Hamburg, Germany, in 1909
  • Otto Hoelscher, aged 27, who arrived in America from Heilbronn, Germany, in 1923
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Hoelscher (post 1700) +

  • David Henry Hoelscher (b. 1975), American NFL football defensive tackle for the Washington Redskins in 1998
  • Fred Hoelscher, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 1940 [2]
  • Charles Hoelscher, American politician, Member of South Dakota State House of Representatives 13th District, 1939-48 [2]
  • Ulf Hoelscher (b. 1942), German violinist, soloist with the Berliner Philharmoniker

USS Arizona
  • Mr. Lester John Hoelscher, American Hospital Apprentice First Class from Nebraska, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [3]


  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 15) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  3. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html


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