Show ContentsHolzer History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Holzer 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 Holzer family

The surname Holzer 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 Holzer family

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Holzer 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 Holzer family (pre 1700)

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Holzer Ranking

In the United States, the name Holzer is the 7,148th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [1]

United States Holzer migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Holzer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Francois Holzer, who landed in America in 1777-1783 [2]
Holzer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Holzer, who arrived in Texas in 1850-1906 [2]
  • Willie Holzer, who landed in Texas in 1850-1906 [2]
  • Balth Holzer, who arrived in America in 1853 [2]
  • Severine Holzer, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1866 [2]
  • Peter Holzer, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1870 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Holzer migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Holzer Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Miss Emma Holzer, (b. 1834), aged 25, English nursery governess from Middlesex travelling from London aboard the ship "Zealandia" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 14th November 1859 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Holzer (post 1700) +

  • Hans Holzer (1920-2009), Austrian-born, American pioneering paranormal researcher and author
  • Harry J Holzer Ph.D., American Professor of Public Policy at Georgetown Public Policy Institute
  • Jenny Holzer (b. 1950), American internationally known artist with exhibitions in France, Germany, the United States, and Australia
  • Kristine Holzer (b. 1974), American Olympic speed skater
  • Jane Holzer (b. 1940), American model and TV actress
  • Robert Holzer (b. 1966), retired German footballer
  • Korbinian Holzer, German ice hockey player
  • Johann Evangelist Holzer (1709-1740), German painter
  • Patrick Holzer (b. 1970), Italian World Cup alpine skier

  1. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  2. 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)
  3. New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from on Facebook