Lorentz History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient and distinguished German surname Lorentz is derived from the personal name "Lorens," the German and Scandinavian variant of "Lawrence," a name of Latin origins denoting a "man from Laurentium." The name Lorentz indicates "son of Lorens," and was most likely first borne by the son of someone named Lorens.

Early Origins of the Lorentz family

The surname Lorentz was first found in Hessen, where the family became noted for its many branches within the region, each house acquiring a status and influence which was envied and enrolled by the princes of the region. The earliest known bearer of the name was Lukas Laurencii, who was a painter in Mähren in 1447. In their later history, the family became a power unto itself and was elevated to the ranks of nobility as it grew in wealth and influence.

Early History of the Lorentz family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lorentz research. Another 213 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1718, 1790, 1807, 1836, 1853, and 1854 are included under the topic Early Lorentz History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Lorentz Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Lorentz, Lorrentz, Lorenz, Lorentzen (Holstein), Laurenz, Laurens, Laverenz, Lafrenz, Lewerenz, Lohrenson, Lornsen, Lorant, Lorincz and many more.

Early Notables of the Lorentz family (pre 1700)

Prominent figures of the time who bore the name Lorentz were Hendrik Anton Lorentz (1853-1928), who was a Dutch physicist. His theory of the "Lorentz transformation", a restricted theory of relativity pre-dating Einstein, was published in 1903. He won the...
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United States Lorentz migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Lorentz Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Johannes Lorentz, who settled in New York City in 1709
  • Johannes Lorentz, who landed in New Jersey in 1709 [1]
  • Moretz Lorentz, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1732 [1]
  • Peter Lorentz, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1740 [1]
  • Johann Peter Lorentz, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1740 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Lorentz Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Miss Lorentz, who arrived in Brazil in 1828 [1]
  • Albert L Lorentz, aged 21, who landed in Alexandria, Va in 1849 [1]
  • Albert Ludvig Lorentz, aged 21, who arrived in Alexandria, Va in 1849 [1]
  • William Lorentz, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1852 [1]
  • Louise Lorentz, aged 34, who landed in New York, NY in 1893 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Lorentz (post 1700) +

  • Pare Lorentz (1905-1992), American film director, best known for his movies about the New Deal, a series of economic programs implemented by President Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • Nelson Lorentz, American politician, Candidate for Pennsylvania State Senate 44th District, 1926 [2]
  • Moses L. Lorentz, American politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Kings County 5th District, 1919, 1920 [2]
  • John Lorentz, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Weston, Virginia, 1826-30, 1834 [2]
  • Edward A. Lorentz, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for New York State Assembly from Orange County 2nd District, 1919 [2]
  • Lorentz G. Hamilton, American Democrat politician, Presidential Elector for West Virginia, 1936 [3]


  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. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 10) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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