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The distinguished German surname Pentz is derived from "Pentz," the name of a city located in the Baltic territory of Pomerania. This sort of toponymic surname developed when an individual migrated from one settled area to another, where his new neighbors would often be inclined to refer to him in terms of his place of origin.

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The surname Pentz was first found in Pomerania, where it originated. It is likely that the progenitor of the name was a native of the city of Pentz who had moved to another city, and was therefore referred to by the name of his hometown.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Pentz, Penz, von Pentz and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pentz research. Another 132 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1634, 1726, 1734, and 1841 are included under the topic Early Pentz History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pentz Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Pentz Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Michael Pentz, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1732
  • John Philip Pentz, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1765

Pentz Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Manuel Pentz, aged 30, landed in New Orleans, La in 1827
  • Christian Pentz, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1841

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  • Eugene David Pentz (b. 1953), American former Major League Baseball pitcher who played from 1975 to 1978
  • William F. Pentz, American politician, Member of Maryland State House of Delegates from Baltimore city 1st District, 1898, 1902
  • John J. Pentz, American politician, Mayor of Du Bois, Pennsylvania, 1927
  • Frederick Pentz, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from New York County, 1839
  • Daniel C. Pentz, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from New York County, 1842-43
  • Amos Parker Pentz (1849-1922), Canadian shipbuilder from Shelburne, Nova Scotia
  • Michael John "Mike" Pentz (1924-1995), South African physicist and activist in the peace movement
  • Robert Pentz (b. 1952), professional Australian rules footballer
  • Don Pentz, Canadian artist who created the Pentz Gallery in Pentz, Nova Scotia
  • Sophie Elisabeth Pentz (1619-1657), the daughter of king Christian IV of Denmark


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  2. Göbel, Otto. Niederdeutsche Familiennamen der Gegenwart Wolfshagen-Schäbentz. Franz: Westphal, 1936. Print.
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  4. Bahlow, Hans. Abhandlungen zur Namenforschung und Buchgeschichte. 1980. Print. (ISBN 978-3768690522).
  5. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  6. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  7. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  8. Gritzner, M. Handbuch der heraldischen Terminologie in zwölf Zungen. Nürnberg: 1890. Print.
  9. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  10. Gottschald, Max. Deutsche Namenkunde unsere Familiennamen nach ihrer Entstehung und Bedeutung. München: J.F. Lehmanns Verlag, 1932. Print.
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The Pentz Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Pentz Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 17 November 2015 at 09:27.

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