Voltz History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Voltz appears to be of patronymic origin, that is, a surname derived from the first name of the father or other ancestor of the eponymous bearer. It is based on the Germanic personal name Volz, which was very popular in former times, and simply means "son or descendant of Volz or Folz." Its etymology may be traced to the German word "volk," meaning "people," or "folk." Like many of the old Germanic personal names, its exact significance as a name is unclear; however, it was often used as an element in a compound name such as Vol(k)mar, or Vollbert.

Early Origins of the Voltz family

The surname Voltz was first found in the regions of the Rhineland-Palatinate and also further south to the area near Wurttemberg, where the ancestors of those bearing the name Voltz contributed to the feudal society of the early Middle Ages. Early records of the surname are found in the city of Worms, where one Johann filius quandam Volzonis was a citizen in 1316 (Urkunden zur hessischen Landes, Orts, Familiengeschichte, II-601). A record of one Wernherus Voltzo can be found earlier still, in 1226 (Wurttembergisches Urkundenbuch, III-188).

Early History of the Voltz family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Voltz research. Another 126 words (9 lines of text) covering the year 1620 is included under the topic Early Voltz History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Voltz Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Folz, Foltz, Volz, Voll, Volk, Volsch, Fols and many more.

Early Notables of the Voltz family (pre 1700)

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United States Voltz migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Voltz Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Conrad Voltz, who landed in Frederick County, Maryland in 1737 [1]
  • Henrich Voltz, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1737 [1]
  • Georg Voltz, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1750 [1]
  • Joseph Voltz, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1751 [1]
  • Michael Voltz, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1753 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Voltz Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Nicholas Voltz, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1833 [1]
  • Fried Voltz, aged 17, who landed in New York, NY in 1847 [1]
  • Gens Voltz, aged 10, who arrived in New York, NY in 1847 [1]
  • Barbara Voltz, aged 14, who arrived in New York, NY in 1847 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Voltz (post 1700) +

  • Joseph F. Voltz, American politician, U.S. Consular Agent in Aarau, 1904 [2]

Halifax Explosion
  • Mr. William Fred  Voltz (1886-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [3]


  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 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  3. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance


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