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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.

Spitzer Early Origins



The surname Spitzer 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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Spitzer Spelling Variations


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Spitzer 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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Spitzer Early History


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Spitzer Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Spitzer research. Another 331 words (24 lines of text) covering the years 1723, 1756, and 1783 are included under the topic Early Spitzer History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Spitzer Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Spitzer Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Spitzer 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:

Spitzer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Johann Andreas and Johann Henrich Spitzer, who both came to Philadelphia in 1764
  • Johann Andreas and Johann Heinrich Spitzer settled in Pennsylvania in 1764
  • Johann Andreas Spitzer, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1764
  • Johann Henrich Spitzer, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1764

Spitzer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Franz Spitzer, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1800
  • Franz Spitzer came to Philadelphia in 1800
  • August Spitzer settled in Texas in 1850
  • August Spitzer, who landed in Texas in 1850-1906
  • Gottl Spitzer settled in New York in 1862
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Spitzer (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Spitzer (post 1700)



  • Robert Leopold Spitzer (1932-2015), American psychiatrist and professor of psychiatry at Columbia University in New York City
  • Eliot Laurence Spitzer (b. 1959), American lawyer, political commentator and former Democratic Party politician, 54th Governor of New York (2007-2008)
  • Bernard Spitzer (b. 1924), American real estate developer and philanthropist
  • Todd Spitzer, American politician, former California State Assemblyman (2002-2008)
  • Robert R. Spitzer, American president of the Milwaukee School of Engineering from 1977 to 1991
  • Jack Spitzer, American politician, Candidate for New York State Senate 15th District, 1944
  • Frank L. Spitzer, American politician, Postmaster at Brunswick, Maryland, 1914-15, 1923-26 (acting, 1914-15, 1923-24)
  • Eliot Laurence Spitzer (b. 1959), American Democrat politician, New York State Attorney General, 1999-2006; Defeated, 1994; Governor of New York, 2007-08
  • Alonzo R. Spitzer, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Brunswick, Maryland, 1903-14
  • A. T. Spitzer, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 1904
  • ... (Another 13 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Suggested Readings for the name Spitzer


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Suggested Readings for the name Spitzer



  • All Our Yesterdays by Evelyn Spitzer Drinnen.

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
    2. Götze, Alfred. Familiennamen im badischen Oberland. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1918. Print.
    3. Oswald, G. Lexicon der Heraldik. Leipzig: 1984. Print.
    4. Zoder, Rudolf. Familiennamen in Ostfalen. Hildesheim: Geog Olms Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1968. Print.
    5. Bahlow, Hans. Abhandlungen zur Namenforschung und Buchgeschichte. 1980. Print. (ISBN 978-3768690522).
    6. Kapff, Rudolf. Schwäbische Geschlechtsnamen. Stuttgart: Verlag Silberburg, 1927. Print.
    7. Kneschke, Dr. Ernest Heinrich. Neues allgemeines Deutsches Adels-Lexicon 9 Volumes New General German Aristocracy Lexicon. Leipzig: Friedrich Voigt, 1859. Print.
    8. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    9. Strassburger, Ralph B. German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
    10. Preuss, Otto. Die Lippischen Familiennamen mit Berücksichtigung der Ortsnamen. Detmold: Meyer'sche Hofbuchh, 1887. Print.
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    The Spitzer Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Spitzer 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 2 January 2016 at 15:30.

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