Show ContentsKotze History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Kotze surname is thought to be derived from the Middle High German word "kotze," which was a coarse woolen cloth or garment. Today the variants Kotze, Kotzé and Coetzee are frequently Afrikaans surnames.

However, one source claims the Coetzee variant is often thought to be derived from Couché, suggesting a Huguenot origin, but the earliest record is of Dirk Coetzee, who emigrated to Cape Colony from Kampen, Netherlands, in the 17th century.

Early Origins of the Kotze family

The surname Kotze was first found in East Prussia, where the name was originally found in Livonia and moved south and became Russian Counts in 1799. They gained a significant reputation for its contribution to the emerging mediaeval society. It later became more prominent as numerous branches of the same house acquired distant estates, some of which were located in other countries. Through the acquisition of these estates as well as their important contributions to society, the family successfully elevated their social status.

Early History of the Kotze family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kotze research. Another 126 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1295 and 1759 are included under the topic Early Kotze History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Kotze Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Kotzel, Kotzle, Kotzeler, Koetzle, Koetzel and many more.

Early Notables of the Kotze family

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Kotze Ranking

In South Africa, the name Kotze is the 269th most popular surname with an estimated 25,246 people with that name. 1


United States Kotze migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Kotze Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • P. Kotze, aged 37, German settler who arrived in New York aboard the ship "Northern Light" in 1853 2
  • Gustav Kotze, aged 13, German settler who arrived in New York aboard the ship "Rhein" in 1872 2
  • Herm Kotze, aged 17, German settler who arrived in New York aboard the ship "Rhein" in 1872 2
  • Caroline Kotze, aged 57, German settler who arrived in New York aboard the ship "Rhein" in 1872 2
  • Helene V. Kotze, aged 19, German settler who arrived in New York aboard the ship "Saale" in 1887 2
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Kotze Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Johan Kotze, aged 29, German settler who arrived in New York aboard the ship "Westernland" in 1900 2
  • Georg Kotze, aged 21, German settler who arrived in New York aboard the ship "La Touraine" in 1902 2
  • Gertud Kotze, aged 22, German settler who arrived in New York aboard the ship "La Touraine" in 1902 2
  • Margaretha Kotze, aged 20, German settler who arrived in New York aboard the ship "La Champagne" in 1903 2
  • Agnes Kotze, aged 15, German settler who arrived in New York aboard the ship "La Champagne" in 1903 2
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Kotze migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Kotze Settlers in Australia in the 20th Century
  • F. Kotze, settler from Bremen who arrived in Fremantle, Australia aboard the ship "Prinz Heinrich" in 1907 3
  • L. Kotze, settler from Bremen who arrived in Fremantle, Australia aboard the ship "Prinz Heinrich" in 1907 3
  • P. T. Kotze, settler from Bremen who arrived in Fremantle, Australia aboard the ship "Prinz Heinrich" in 1907 3
  • Mrs. Kotze, settler from Colombo who arrived in Fremantle, Australia aboard the ship "Hungaria" in 1919 3
  • Tpr. Kotze, settler from Colombo who arrived in Fremantle, Australia aboard the ship "Hungaria" in 1919 3

Contemporary Notables of the name Kotze (post 1700) +

  • Jean-Pierre Kotze (b. 1994), Namibian cricketer, a left-handed wicket-keeper and batsman
  • Jean-Jacques Kotze, (born 6 November 2000) is a South African rugby union player for the Western Province in the Currie Cup
  • Daniel Mattheus Kotze (b. 1987), South African-born French rugby union player
  • Theuns Andries Willem Kotzé (b. 1987), Namibian international rugby union player, currently playing with the Welwitschias in South African domestic rugby
  • Dirk Kotzé, South African politician, businessman and farmer serving as the Executive Mayor of the Mossel Bay Local Municipality since November 2021
  • Björn Leo Kotzé (b. 1978), Namibian cricketer, a right-handed batsman and a right-arm medium-fast bowler
  • Anthony "Tony" Kotze (1931-2016), also Anthony Kotzé, South African racing driver and racing car constructor who participated in four non-championship Formula One races and several sports car races
  • John-Ben Kôtze (b. 1993), South African professional rugby union player for the Bulls in Super Rugby and the Blue Bulls in the Currie Cup
  • Johannes Jacobus "Kodgee" Kotze (1879-1931), Cape Colony cricketer who played in three Test matches from 1902 to 1907
  • Theuns Kotzé (b. 1987), Namibian rugby union player
  • ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. "Most Common Last Names in South Africa." Forebears, https://forebears.io/south-africa/surnames
  2. Ellis Island Search retrieved 21st October 2021. Retrieved from https://heritage.statueofliberty.org/passenger-result
  3. National Archives of Australia retrieved 15th November 2022. Retrieved from https://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/SearchNRetrieve/Interface/ListingReports/PassengerListing.aspx


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