Pitzer History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Pitzer surname was an occupational name for an official in charge of weights and measures, from the French word "peiser," to weigh.

Early Origins of the Pitzer family

The surname Pitzer was first found in Galicia which lies in southern Poland on the northern slopes of the Carpathians. It was overrun by Monguls in 1223. The region is composed of Polish and Ukrainian natives, the latter being to the east. The Ruthenian nobles adopted the Catholic faith and the Polish tongue. The surname 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 Pitzer family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pitzer research. Another 132 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1628 and 1806 are included under the topic Early Pitzer History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Pitzer Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Pitzer, Petz, Petzinger, Pitter, Pazer, Pazzi and many more.

Early Notables of the Pitzer family (pre 1700)

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United States Pitzer migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Pitzer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Mathias Pitzer, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1765 [1]
  • Michael Pitzer, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1765 [1]
  • Jakob Pitzer, who was on record in Pennsylvania in 1778
Pitzer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • A. Margaret Pitzer, who arrived in New York city in 1859
  • Charles Pitzer, who was naturalized in Philadelphia in 1875
  • August Pitzer, aged 33, who landed in America, in 1896
Pitzer Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Kathleen Pitzer, aged 39, who landed in America, in 1906
  • Franz Pitzer, aged 25, who immigrated to the United States from Toelz, Germany, in 1907
  • Georg Pitzer, aged 44, who settled in America from Germany, in 1908
  • Aron Pitzer, aged 4, who immigrated to the United States from Rawel, Russia, in 1909
  • Rozi Pitzer, aged 28, who landed in America from Papa, Hungary, in 1909
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Pitzer (post 1700) +

  • Alexander White Pitzer (1834-1927), American Presbyterian clergyman
  • William Bruce Pitzer (1917-1966), American officer of the United States Navy whose suspicious death some people believe is related to the Kennedy assassination
  • Russell Mosher Pitzer (b. 1938), American theoretical chemist and educator
  • Russell K. Pitzer (1878-1978), American educator, founder of Pitzer College in Claremont, California
  • Kenneth Sanborn Pitzer (1914-1997), American theoretical chemist and educator
  • William Henry Pitzer, American politician, Delegate to Nebraska State Constitutional Convention, 1919-20 [2]
  • Sloan Pitzer, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1916 [2]
  • Jesse S. Pitzer, American politician, Member of California State Assembly 22nd District, 1853 [2]
  • H. Earl Pitzer, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1960 [2]
  • Anna B. Pitzer, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Colorado, 1912 [2]


  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 13) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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