Horowitz History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The prestigious Jewish surname Horowitz comes from Bohemia, which is now part of the Czech Republic. In the Middle Ages, people were often known by only one name. As they began moving closer together, it became necessary to adopt surnames, in order to better distinguish themselves from one another. There are a wide variety of hereditary surnames, and the surname Horowitz is a habitational name. It is taken from the place called Horovice, in Bohemia which is derived from the Slavic element, gora, which means hill.

Contemporary Notables of the name Horowitz (post 1700) +

  • Vladimir Samoylovich Horowitz (1903-1989), Russian-born, American classical pianist and composer, recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • David Charles Horowitz (1937-2019), American consumer reporter and journalist, known for his Emmy-winning TV program Fight Back!
  • James Arnold Horowitz (1925-2015), birth name of James Salter, an American novelist and short-story writer
  • Winona Horowitz (b. 1971), birth name of Winona Ryder, American Golden Globe Award winning actress, best known for her role in Tim Burton's Beetlejuice (1988)
  • Scott Jay "Doc" Horowitz (b. 1957), retired American astronaut, veteran of four space shuttle missions [1]
  • Israel Horowitz (1907-1973), American chess master
  • Adam Horowitz, American TV show writer
  • Moses Horowitz (1897-1975), birth name of Moe Howard, American actor and comedian best known as the leader of The Three Stooges
  • Anthony Horowitz (b. 1956), British author and television scriptwriter
  • Alexandre Horowitz (1904-1982), Dutch technical engineer and inventor

  1. ^ NASA Astronauts Homepage. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) Scott Horowitz. Retrieved from http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/horowitz.html

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