Jantz History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The history of the Jantz family began in the historic kingdom of Schleswig, which is the northernmost state in western Germany. German surnames developed at a time when most of Schleswig, and most of the German provinces, were states of the Holy Roman Empire. At first people used only a single name, but as the population grew and people began to travel, they began to find it necessary to take on an additional name to differentiate themselves. Fairly general principles guided the development of hereditary surnames in Schleswig. Two of the common types of family names found in the Schleswig are patronymic surnames, which are derived from the father's given name, and metronymic surnames, which are derived from the mother's given name. The surname Jantz derived from the personal names Jen, Jan, and Jon, which are all forms of the name John. The name John is originally derived from the Hebrew personal name Johanan, which literally means "Jehovah has favored."

Early Origins of the Jantz family

The surname Jantz was first found in Holstein, where this family made important contributions toward the development of this district from ancient times. Always prominent in social and political affairs, the family formed alliances with other families within the Feudal System and the nation. Although branches of this family are to be found in the Netherlands and Denmark, German branches were distinct and had their own history from early on.

Important Dates for the Jantz family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Jantz research. Another 175 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1783, 1813, 1829, 1837, 1860, 1875, 1878, 1880, and 1891 are included under the topic Early Jantz History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Jantz Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Jansen, Janssen, Jannsen, Jannssen, Janson, Jansson, Jansens, Janssens, Jannssens, Janzen, Jantzen, Janz, Jantz, Jans, Jaenz, Jaentz, Jaens, Jenz, Jentz, Jens, Jensen, Jenssen, Jensson, Jenzen and many more.

Early Notables of the Jantz family (pre 1700)

Notables of the time included August Philipp Alexander Janson, a major and head of the 3rd Cuirassier regiment of the Prussian army, who received a title of nobility in 1829 in reward for his loyalty and...
Another 36 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Jantz Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Jantz migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Jantz Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Frantz and Georg Jantz, who settled in Philadelphia in 1748
  • Georg Jantz, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1748 [1]
  • Hans Jantz, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1754 [1]
  • Jacob Jantz, who settled in Philadelphia in 1763
  • Jacob Jantz, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1763 [1]
Jantz Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Michael Jantz, who landed in Texas in 1850-1906 [1]
  • Henry Jantz, who landed in Texas in 1850-1906 [1]
  • Augustin Jantz, who landed in New York in 1850 [1]
  • George Jantz, who landed in Indiana in 1852 [1]
  • Carl Jantz, aged 44, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1874 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Jantz (post 1700)

  • Richard L. Jantz, American director of the Forensic Anthropology Center (1998-2011), Professor Emeritus of the Department of Anthropology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Barry Jantz (b. 1959), American current CEO of the Grossmont Healthcare District and political writer

Citations

  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)
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