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Where did the Jewish Hurwitz family come from? What is the Jewish Hurwitz family crest and coat of arms? When did the Hurwitz family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Hurwitz family history?

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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  • Jonathan Benjamin "Jon" Hurwitz (b. 1977), American screenwriter
  • Leo Hurwitz (1909-1991), American documentary filmmaker who was blacklisted during the McCarthy period
  • Mitchell D. Hurwitz (b. 1963), American television writer and producer, best known as the creator of the television sitcom Arrested Development (2003-2006)
  • Gregg Hurwitz, American writer of crime novels and comics
  • Harry Hurwitz (1938-1995), American film director, screenwriter, actor and producer
  • David Hurwitz, American classical music writer, record reviewer, and percussionist
  • David Hurwitz (1905-1992), American physician, professor of medicine, and researcher
  • Adolf Hurwitz (1859-1919), German mathematician who developed the Hurwitz matrix


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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.

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