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Where did the German Waltz family come from? What is the German Waltz family crest and coat of arms? When did the Waltz family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Waltz family history?

The ancestral home of the Waltz family is in the German state of Bavaria. The name Waltz is an occupational hereditary surname, a type of surname that was taken from a word describing or common to the profession of the original bearer. It is a name for a man who was a young ruler.

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One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Waltz include Walser, Walzer, Walsser, Walleser, Walsen, Waltz, Waltzer, Walss, Waelser, Waelzer, Waelsser, Waelleser and many more.

First found in Bavaria, where the name Walser made a great early contribution to the feudal society of early Europe. The name Walser became prominent in local affairs and branched into many houses which played important roles in the savage tribal and national conflicts, each group seeking power and status in an ever changing territorial profile.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Waltz research. Another 129 words(9 lines of text) covering the year 1661 is included under the topic Early Waltz History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Waltz Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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German settlers were among the most common to come to North America between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries. Poverty and religious persecution drove many Bavarians to make this long trek. tenant farmers were also enticed by the prospect of owning land. From east to west, these German immigrants populated the United States, settling in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada also provided homes to many. Early settlers bearing the Waltz surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Waltz Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • John Peter Waltz, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1738
  • Johan Reinhart Waltz, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1744
  • Michael Waltz, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1750
  • Joseph Waltz, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1750
  • Jacob Waltz, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1751


Waltz Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Elizabeth Waltz, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1806
  • Catharena Waltz, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1806
  • Christiana Waltz, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1806
  • Joan Waltz, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1806
  • Regena Waltz, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1806


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  • Kenneth Neal Waltz (b. 1924), American member of the faculty at the University of California, Berkeley
  • Rich Waltz, the current American play-by-play commentator for Florida Marlins baseball team
  • Ian Waltz (b. 1977), American discus thrower
  • Marilyn Ardith Waltz (1931-2006), American actress and model
  • Lisa Waltz, American actress
  • Sasha Alexandra Waltz (b. 1963), German choreographer, dancer and leader of a dance company
  • Gustavus Waltz (1732-1759), German bass opera singer who collaborated with Handel
  • Christopher Waltz (b. 1956), Austrian actor and recipient of a golden globe award


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The Waltz Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Waltz 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 14 June 2015 at 17:24.

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