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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.

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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).

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


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Voltz research. Another 208 words (15 lines of text) covering the year 1620 is included under the topic Early Voltz History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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
  • Henrich Voltz, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1737
  • Georg Voltz, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1750
  • Joseph Voltz, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1751
  • Michael Voltz, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1753


Voltz Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Nicholas Voltz, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1833
  • Fried Voltz, aged 17, landed in New York, NY in 1847
  • Gens Voltz, aged 10, arrived in New York, NY in 1847
  • Barbara Voltz, aged 14, arrived in New York, NY in 1847

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  • Joseph F. Voltz, American politician, U.S. Consular Agent in Aarau, 1904
  • Mr. William Fred  Voltz (1886-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917


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  2. Nied, Edmund. Fraenkische Familiennamen urkundlich gesammelt und sprachlich gedeutet. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1933. Print.
  3. Jones, George F. The Germans of Colonial Georgia 1733-1783 Revised edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0806311614).
  4. Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. Print.
  5. Jones, Henry Z. Palatine Families of New York 2 Volumes. Rockland, ME: Picton Press, 2001. Print. (ISBN 978-0961388829).
  6. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  7. Brechenmacher, Josef Karlmann. Deutches Namenbuch. Stuttgart: Verlag von Adolf Bonz & Comp, 1928. Print.
  8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  9. Bahlow, Hans. Abhandlungen zur Namenforschung und Buchgeschichte. 1980. Print. (ISBN 978-3768690522).
  10. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
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The Voltz Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Voltz 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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