Holtzhausen History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Holtzhausen 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 Holtzhausen family

The surname Holtzhausen 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 Holtzhausen family

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

Holtzhausen 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 Holtzhausen family (pre 1700)

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


United States Holtzhausen migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Holtzhausen Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Casper Holtzhausen, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1731 [1]
Holtzhausen Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Clara Holtzhausen, aged 30, originally from Paris, France, who arrived in New York in 1909 aboard the ship "George Washington" from Cherbourg, France [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Holtzhausen (post 1700) +

  • Brigadier General Deon Holtzhausen SM MMM (b. 1967), South African General Officer in the South African Army and General Officer Commanding the South African Army Artillery Formation
  • Lieutenant General Raymond Francois Holtzhausen SSA SD SM MMM (b. 1934), South African Army general, Chief of Staff Personnel (1981-1989)
  • Maryka Holtzhausen (b. 1987), South African netball player


  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. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JXBJ-RNY : 6 December 2014), Clara Holtzhausen, 20 Jun 1909; citing departure port Cherbourg, France, arrival port New York, ship name George Washington, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).


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