Show ContentsPentz History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Pentz family

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.

Early History of the Pentz family

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Pentz Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Pentz family

Prominent bearers of the name Pentz at this time were

  • Gotfred Pentz (d. 1726), a prefect in Denmark
  • Barthold Ernst Pentz (d. 1734), a Norwegian mercenary, and Friedrich von Pentz (b. 1841), a German military general

United States Pentz migration to the United States +

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 1
  • John Philip Pentz, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1765 1
Pentz Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Manuel Pentz, aged 30, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1827 1
  • Christian Pentz, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1841 1

Contemporary Notables of the name Pentz (post 1700) +

  • 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 2
  • John J. Pentz, American politician, Mayor of Du Bois, Pennsylvania, 1927 2
  • Frederick Pentz, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from New York County, 1839 2
  • Daniel C. Pentz, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from New York County, 1842-43 2
  • 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

  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, November 17) . Retrieved from on Facebook