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An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright 2000 - 2016


The prestigious Jewish surname Hurwitz 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 Hurwitz 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.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hurwitz Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Abraham Hurwitz, aged 29, who emigrated to the United States from Minsk, in 1901
  • Abrahm Hurwitz, aged 10, who landed in America from Lapitzy, Minsk, Russia, in 1907
  • Abraham Hurwitz, aged 42, who settled in America from Kobrin, Russia, in 1907
  • Abram Hurwitz, aged 11, who landed in America from Suwenisky, Russia, in 1907
  • Abram Hurwitz, aged 7, who emigrated to America from Henie, Russia, in 1909


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  • Samuel Hurwitz, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1964
  • Pauline B. Hurwitz, American politician, Farmer-Labor Candidate for New York State Assembly from Queens County 3rd District, 1921
  • Marvin Hurwitz, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Maryland, 2004
  • Lynne B. Hurwitz, American Democrat politician, Presidential Elector for New Jersey, 1996
  • Edward Hurwitz (b. 1931), American politician, U.S. Ambassador to Kyrgyzstan, 1992
  • David Hurwitz (1905-1992), American physician, professor of medicine, and researcher
  • David Hurwitz, American classical music writer, record reviewer, and percussionist
  • Harry Hurwitz (1938-1995), American film director, screenwriter, actor and producer
  • Gregg Hurwitz, American writer of crime novels and comics
  • Mitchell D. Hurwitz (b. 1963), American television writer and producer, best known as the creator of the television sitcom Arrested Development (2003-2006)

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The Hurwitz Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hurwitz Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 9 October 2015 at 10:49.

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