Holtz History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Holtz 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 Holtz family

The surname Holtz 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 Holtz family

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

Holtz 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 Holtz family (pre 1700)

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United States Holtz migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Holtz Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Johannes Holtz, who settled in Philadelphia in 1733
  • Hans Georg Holtz, who settled in Philadelphia in 1738
  • Hans Georg Holtz, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1738 [1]
  • Jacob Holtz, aged 45, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1748 [1]
  • Johannes Holtz, aged 23, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1748 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Holtz Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Joh Christ Holtz, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1804 [1]
  • Friedch Holtz, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1804 [1]
  • Nikolaus Holtz, who arrived in America in 1857 [1]
  • Valentin Holtz, aged 16, who arrived in North America in 1857 [1]
  • David Holtz, aged 16, who arrived in North America in 1860 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Holtz (post 1700) +

  • Lou Holtz (1893-1980), American vaudevillian and comic actor
  • Mark Holtz (1945-1997), American sportscaster
  • Allan Holtz, American comic strip historian
  • Michael James Holtz (b. 1972), American former middle relief pitcher in Major League Baseball
  • Thomas R. Holtz Jr., American vertebrate palaeontologist
  • Louis Leo "Lou" Holtz (b. 1937), retired American football coach, and active sportscaster, author, and motivational speaker
  • Jürgen Holtz (1932-2020), German actor on stage and in film, and an artist who appeared in more than seventy films since 1957
  • Viktor Holtz (1846-1919), German educator and a pioneer of German-Japanese academic and cultural relations
  • Wilhelm Holtz (1836-1913), German physicist
  • Stefan Holtz (b. 1981), German sprint canoer
  • ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Bismarck
  • Richard Holtz (1911-1941), German Obermaschinist who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [2]


  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. ^ Bismarck & Tirpitz Class - Crew List Bismarck. (Retrieved 2018, February 06). Retrieved from https://www.bismarck-class.dk/bismarck/crew/bismarck_crew.html#crew_details


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