Spitz History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

This surname finds its roots in the German word "spitz," which refers to a field forming a point at one end. As such, the name is classed as a toponymic surname, meaning the original bearers of this name no doubt worked or lived on such a piece of land.

Early Origins of the Spitz family

The surname Spitz was first found in Styria, where the name was anciently associated with the tribal conflicts of the area. They declared allegiances to many nobles and princes of early history, lending their influence in struggles for political supremacy within the region. They branched into many houses, some located in Bavaria, and their allegiance was sought by many leaders in their search for power. Early records of the name show Jordan ab der Spitze in Amberg in 1364; as well as Liendel im Spitz in Upper Austria in 1492.

Early History of the Spitz family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Spitz research. Another 194 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1723, 1756, and 1783 are included under the topic Early Spitz History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Spitz Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Spitzl, Spitzer, Spitze, Spitzen, Spitz, Spitzel, Spitzner, Spitzler, Spitzeder and many more.

Early Notables of the Spitz family (pre 1700)

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United States Spitz migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Spitz Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Johannes Spitz, who settled in Philadelphia in 1755
  • Joh Michael Spitz, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1755 [1]
Spitz Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Jhann Spitz, who settled in Philadelphia in 1840
  • Joseph Spitz, who settled in Philadelphia in 1844
  • Conrad Spitz, aged 31, who landed in Missouri in 1848 [1]
  • Mathias Spitz, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1851 [1]
  • Christian Spitz, who arrived in America in 1854 [1]
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Spitz Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Amelia Spitz, aged 53, who settled in America from Diskolz, Hungary, in 1907
  • Aron Spitz, aged 26, who immigrated to America from Berlin, Germany, in 1913

Contemporary Notables of the name Spitz (post 1700) +

  • Marc Spitz (1969-2017), American music journalist, author and playwright
  • Herman H. Spitz (b. 1925), American psychologist known for his work measuring intelligence among those with developmental disability, inspiration for the movie The Real Howard Spitz (1998) starring Kelsey Grammer
  • Gerald Joseph Spitz (1941-2013), American politician, Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives (1979-1984)
  • Elisa Hope Spitz -Iuliano (b. 1963), American former pairs figure skater at the 1984 Winter Olympics
  • Dave "The Beast" Spitz (b. 1958), American musician, best known for having played bass guitar for the group Black Sabbath from 1985 to 1987
  • Carl Spitz (1894-1976), German-born, American Hollywood dog trainer, most famous for training the Cairn Terrier Terry, who portrayed Toto in the movie The Wizard of Oz (1939)
  • Bob Spitz, American journalist and author and biographer, best known for his New York Times best seller The Beatles: The Biography
  • Armand Neustadter Spitz (1904-1971), American planetarium designer, perhaps best known for his Spitz Junior home planetarium projector which sold over one million units from 1954 to 1972
  • René Árpád Spitz (1887-1974), American psychoanalyst
  • Mark Andrew Spitz (b. 1950), retired American swimmer, winner of seven gold medals at the 1972 Munich Olympic Games
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  • Gerhard Spitz (1919-1941), German Mechanikersobergefreiter who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [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. ^ 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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