Kurtz History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Kurtz family

The surname Kurtz was first found in Switzerland, where the family became noted for its many branches within the region.

Early History of the Kurtz family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kurtz research. Another 246 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1536, 1593, 1597, 1624, 1638, 1717, 1758, 1783, and 1789 are included under the topic Early Kurtz History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Kurtz Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Kurtz, Kurz, Kurtze, Kurze, Kurts, Kurcz (Bohemia), Kurctz, Kuertz, Kuerz, Kurzer, Kurtzer, Kurrtz and many more.

Early Notables of the Kurtz family (pre 1700)

Another 45 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kurtz Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Kurtz migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Kurtz Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Maria Elisabeth Kurtz, who arrived in New Jersey in 1709
  • Christoph Kurtz, who landed in New York in 1709-1710 [1]
  • Maria Elisabeth Kurtz, who arrived in New Jersey in 1709 [1]
  • Johann Christoph Kurtz, who landed in New York, NY in 1710 [1]
  • Johannes Kurtz, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1727
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Kurtz Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Wiegand Kurtz, aged 20, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1807 [1]
  • Henry Kurtz, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1817 [1]
  • Ludwig Kurtz, who settled in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania in 1844
  • Lewis Kurtz, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844 [1]
  • Ludwig Kurtz, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Kurtz (post 1700) +

  • Brigadier-General Guy Orth Kurtz (1894-1969), American President of the Artillery Board (1945-1946) [2]
  • Irving Kurtz (b. 1911), American steel company executive
  • Bernward Ulrich Kurtz (b. 1936), German-born American architect
  • Efrem Kurtz (b. 1900), renowned American conductor who has conducted the Berlin and New York Philharmonics and acted as guest conductor for many other major orchestras. To his credit, he was also awarded a gold record for his recordings with the New York Philharmonic
  • Howard Kurtz (b. 1953), American journalist, author and media critic
  • Glenn Kurtz (b. 1962), American writer
  • Eugene Kurtz (1923-2006), American composer
  • Johann Heinrich Kurtz (1809-1890), German Lutheran theologian
  • Thomas Eugene Kurtz (b. 1928), American computer scientist who co-developed the BASIC programming language
  • William Henry Kurtz (1804-1868), United States Congressman from Pennsylvania
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Bismarck
  • Erich Kurtz (1921-1941), German Matrosengefreiter who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [3]
USS Arizona
  • Mr. Stanley R. Kurtz, American Seaman First Class working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he survived the sinking [4]


Suggested Readings for the name Kurtz +

  • 1371 Lest We Forget by Thelma E. Kurtz, The Jacob S. Kurtz Family by Lydia Kurtz Baer.

  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)
  2. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, April 2) Guy Kurtz. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Kurtz/Guy_Orth/USA.html
  3. ^ Bismarck & Tirpitz Class - Crew List Bismarck. (Retrieved 2018, February 06). Retrieved from https://www.bismarck-class.dk/bismarck/crew/bismarck_crew.html#crew_details
  4. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html


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