Volz History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Volz 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 Volz family

The surname Volz 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 Volz 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 Volz family

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

Volz Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Volz family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Volz Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Volz migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Volz Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Gottf Volz, who landed in America in 1807 [1]
  • Michael Volz, aged 61, who arrived in America in 1843 [1]
  • Joh Volz, who landed in America in 1854 [1]
  • Valentine Volz, who landed in St Clair County, Illinois in 1859 [1]
  • Gustav Volz, aged 21, who arrived in New York in 1862 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Volz Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Gusta Volz, aged 22, who arrived in America from Wintersbach, Germany, in 1908
  • Carl Volz, aged 33, who arrived in America from Reutlingen, Germany, in 1910
  • Christian Volz, aged 27, who arrived in America from Falkenstein, Germany, in 1910
  • Ferdinand Volz, aged 23, who arrived in America from Wiesbaden, Germany, in 1910
  • Frida Volz, aged 21, who arrived in America from Heidenheim, Germany, in 1912
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Volz (post 1700) +

  • Robert Volz (b. 1875), American seaman in the United States Navy during the Spanish-American War, awarded the Medal of Honor for bravery
  • John Volz Sr. (1936-2011), American Attorney for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana (1978-1990)
  • Ferdinand E. Volz (1823-1876), American politician, 20th Mayor of Pittsburgh from 1854 to 1856
  • Nedra Volz (1908-2003), American actress, known for her roles in 10 (1979) Lust in the Dust (1985) Earth Girls Are Easy (1988) and as Edith Bunker's favorite aunt on All in the Family, 1978
  • Jacob Volz (1889-1965), Carpenter's Mate Third Class in the United States Navy and a Medal of Honor recipient
  • David "Dave" Volz (b. 1962), American bronze medalist pole vaulter at the 1985 Universiade, Men's Pole Vault Best Year Performance (1982)
  • Hugo Volz, American Democrat politician, Supervisor of Scio Township, Michigan, 1936-37; Defeated, 1937 [2]
  • Harold J. Volz, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Governor of South Dakota, 1948 [2]
  • Frank M. Volz Jr., American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1996 [2]
  • Ferdinand E. Volz (1823-1876), American politician, Mayor of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1854-56 [2]
  • ... (Another 9 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  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


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