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Medieval Silesia is the birthplace of the noble Stolze family. The Stolze surname is derived from the German word "stoltz," which means "proud," and as such, it was most likely originally a nickname, which became a hereditary surname.


The surname Stolze was first found in Silesia, where the name contributed greatly to the development of an emerging province which would later play a role in the national conflicts of the area. In later years the name branched into many houses, each playing a significant role in local social and political affairs.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Stoltz, Stolz, Stoltze, Stolze, Stolt, Stolte, Stoetzel, Stoltzel, Stolzel, Stolzer and many more.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Stolze research. Another 249 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1480, 1526, 1562, 1719, 1771, 1816, 1834, and 1848 are included under the topic Early Stolze History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Notables of the period with the surname Stolze were Thomas Stoltzer (1480-1526), who was a German composer and Kapellmeister to the King of Hungary. Georg Stolz von Gemappe, a calvary officer (Rittmeister) in the...

Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Stolze Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Stolze Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Johann Stolze came to Syringham in 1777

  • Dorothy "Dottie" Stolze (1923-2003), American second basewoman in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League who played from 1946 through 1952 for four different teams
  • Greg Stolze (b. 1970), American novelist and writer
  • Karl-August Stolze (b. 1920), German sailor who competed in the 1960 Summer Olympics and in the 1968 Summer Olympics
  • Kurt-Heinz Stolze (1926-1970), German pianist, harpsichordist and composer
  • Sebastian Stolze (b. 1995), German footballer who currently plays as a striker for VfL Wolfsburg, member of the Germany U19 and U20 national Teams (2013 and 2014)
  • Franz Stolze, German scientist who in 1881 suggested improvements in methods of air photography and in 1892 first established the principle of the "floating mark" used in stereophotogrammetry, eponym of Stolze Peak, Antarctica
  • Evelyn Stolze (b. 1954), German gold, silver and bronze medalist swimmer at the 1970 European Aquatics Championships
  • Gerhard Stolze (1926-1979), famous German tenor singer, best known as a Wagner singer
  • Fritz Stolze (1910-1973), German silver medalist Olympic water polo player at the 1936 Summer Olympics
  • Lena Stolze (b. 1956), German television and film actress, Bavarian Film Award winner for Best Actress in 1983, daughter of Gerhard Stolze
  • ...

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    Other References

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    4. Nied, Edmund. Fraenkische Familiennamen urkundlich gesammelt und sprachlich gedeutet. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1933. Print.
    5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    6. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Journeys German Immigration, Settlement and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
    7. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
    8. Schenk, Trudy. Wuerttemberg Emigration Index Volume I-VIII. Salt Lake City: Ancestry Inc., 1986. Print.
    9. Gritzner, M. Handbuch der heraldischen Terminologie in zwölf Zungen. Nürnberg: 1890. Print.
    10. Bahlow, Hans (Edda Gentry trns). Dictionary of German Names . Madison, Wisconsin: Max Kade Institute, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-924119-35-7).
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    The Stolze Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Stolze 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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