Lorenz History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient and distinguished German surname Lorenz 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 Lorenz indicates "son of Lorens," and was most likely first borne by the son of someone named Lorens.

Early Origins of the Lorenz family

The surname Lorenz 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 Lorenz family

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

Lorenz 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 Lorenz family (pre 1700)

Prominent figures of the time who bore the name Lorenz 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 Lorenz migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Lorenz Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Georg Lorenz, who settled in Germantown, Pennsylvania in 1694
Lorenz Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Heinrich Lorenz, who settled in Germantown in 1701
  • Christian Lorenz, who landed in America in 1778 [1]
  • Michael Lorenz, who landed in America in 1778 [1]
  • Timotheus Lorenz, who landed in New York, NY in 1782 [1]
Lorenz Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Casper Lorenz, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1803 [1]
  • Frederick Lorenz, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1817 [1]
  • Peter Lorenz, who landed in Brazil in 1825 [1]
  • V P Ferd Lorenz, who arrived in North America in 1832-1849 [1]
  • Cath Lorenz, who landed in North America in 1832-1849 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Lorenz migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Lorenz Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Christian Lorenz, aged 29, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1902
  • Franz Lorenz, aged 4, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1902
  • Franziska Lorenz, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1902
  • Johanna Lorenz, aged 26, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1902
  • Maria Lorenz, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1902
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Lorenz (post 1700) +

  • Ericka Denise Lorenz (b. 1981), American gold, two-time silver and bronze medalist water polo player
  • John G Lorenz (b. 1915), American Deputy Librarian of Congress in Washington from 1965
  • Edward Norton Lorenz (1917-2008), American mathematician and meteorologist, and a pioneer of chaos theory. He discovered the strange attractor notion and coined the term butterfly effect
  • Joseph H. Lorenz, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Rhode Island, 2012 [2]
  • Ira S. Lorenz, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Wisconsin, 1924; Member of Republican National Committee from Wisconsin, 1924 [2]
  • George E. Lorenz, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Toledo, Ohio, 1886-90 [2]
  • Fred C. Lorenz, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Wisconsin, 1908 [2]
  • Francis S. Lorenz, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1960; Illinois State Treasurer, 1961-63 [2]
  • Ethel Minds Lorenz, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1940 [2]
  • Edward J. Lorenz (b. 1894), American Republican politician, Hardware merchant; Mayor of Muskegon Heights, Michigan, 1933-37 [2]
  • ... (Another 16 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Bismarck
  • Herbert Lorenz (1913-1941), German Maschinenmaat who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [3]
  • Gerhard Lorenz (1920-1941), German Maschinengefreiter who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [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. ^ Bismarck & Tirpitz Class - Crew List Bismarck. (Retrieved 2018, February 06). Retrieved from https://www.bismarck-class.dk/bismarck/crew/bismarck_crew.html#crew_details


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