Oberholtzer History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Oberholtzer family

The surname Oberholtzer was first found in Austria, where the name Oberhofen and Udelhofen were synonymous with the Teutonic Order. The Barons Oberhofen became noted for its many branches in the region, each house acquiring a status and influence which was envied by the princes of the region. In their later history the name became a power unto themselves and were elevated to the ranks of nobility as they grew into this most influential family.

Early History of the Oberholtzer family

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Oberholtzer Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Oberhofen, Udelhofen and others.

Early Notables of the Oberholtzer family (pre 1700)

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United States Oberholtzer migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Oberholtzer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Jacob Oberholtzer, aged 28, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1732 [1]
  • Hans Georg Oberholtzer, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1754 [1]
Oberholtzer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Oberholtzer, aged 54, who immigrated to the United States, in 1893
Oberholtzer Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Chas. H. Oberholtzer, aged 44, who landed in America, in 1906
  • Ellis P. Oberholtzer, aged 40, who settled in America, in 1910
  • Sarah L. Oberholtzer, aged 69, who settled in America, in 1910
  • Gertrude Oberholtzer, aged 25, who landed in America, in 1916

Canada Oberholtzer migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Oberholtzer Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Joseph Oberholtzer, who landed in Canada in 1832

Contemporary Notables of the name Oberholtzer (post 1700) +

  • Sara Louisa Oberholtzer (1841-1930), American poet and activist
  • John H. Oberholtzer (1809-1895), American Mennonite leader who helped form the General Conference Mennonite Church
  • Ellis Paxson Oberholtzer (1868-1936), American biographer and historical writer
  • Gerald "Jerry" Francis Oberholtzer (b. 1959), American politician, Mayor of Snellville, Georgia from 2003 to 2011
  • Ernest Carl "Ober" Oberholtzer (1884-1977), American explorer, author and conservationist
  • Edison Ellsworth Oberholtzer (1880-1954), American founder and first president of the University of Houston


  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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