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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.

Spitz Early Origins



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.

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Spitz Spelling Variations


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Spitz Spelling Variations



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

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Spitz Early History


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Spitz Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Spitz research. Another 331 words (24 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.

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Spitz Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Spitz Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Spitz Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Spitz Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Johannes Spitz, who came to Philadelphia in 1755
  • Joh Michael Spitz, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1755

Spitz Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Jhann Spitz came to Philadelphia in 1840
  • Joseph Spitz came to Philadelphia in 1844
  • Conrad Spitz, aged 31, landed in Missouri in 1848
  • Mathias Spitz, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1851
  • Christian Spitz, who arrived in America in 1854
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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 emigrated to America from Berlin, Germany, in 1913

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Contemporary Notables of the name Spitz (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Spitz (post 1700)



  • 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
  • Marc Spitz (b. 1969), American music journalist, author and playwright
  • 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
  • ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    2. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    3. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    4. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    5. Kapff, Rudolf. Schwäbische Geschlechtsnamen. Stuttgart: Verlag Silberburg, 1927. Print.
    6. Garland, Mary and Henry Garland Editions. Oxford Companion To German Literature 3rd Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997. Print. (ISBN 0198158963).
    7. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
    8. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    9. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    10. Tarneller, Josef. Zur Namenkunde Tirolen Familiennamen. Bozen: Buchhandlung, 1923. Print.
    11. ...

    The Spitz Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Spitz 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.

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