Walz History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestral home of the Walz family is in the German state of Bavaria. The name Walz 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.

Early Origins of the Walz family

The surname Walz was 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.

Early History of the Walz family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Walz research. Another 59 words (4 lines of text) covering the year 1661 is included under the topic Early Walz History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Walz Spelling Variations

Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations of Walz include Walser, Walzer, Walsser, Walleser, Walsen, Waltz, Waltzer, Walss, Waelser, Waelzer, Waelsser, Waelleser and many more.

Early Notables of the Walz family (pre 1700)

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


United States Walz migration to the United States +

Thousands of German settlers came to North America between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries. The hardships of the long voyage were balanced by the opportunity to escape poverty and religious persecution. The descendents of these settlers still populate the states of Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Many also live in Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Walz or a variant listed above:

Walz Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Anna Dorothea Walz, who landed in America in 1752 [1]
  • Eva Christine Walz, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1753 [1]
Walz Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • George Walz, aged 28, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1804 [1]
  • Peter Walz, who landed in North America in 1838 [1]
  • Barbara Walz, aged 19, who arrived in New York, NY in 1847 [1]
  • Magdalena Walz, aged 25, who landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1847 [1]
  • Gottl Walz, aged 22, who landed in New York in 1854 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Walz Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Jacob Walz, aged 31, who arrived in New York, NY in 1901 [1]
  • Johann Walz, who landed in America in 1901 [1]
  • Margretha Walz, aged 32, who arrived in New York, NY in 1901 [1]
  • Louisa Walz, aged 16, who arrived in America in 1901 [1]
  • Christian Walz, aged 56, who arrived in New York, NY in 1901 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Walz (post 1700) +

  • William L. Walz, American Democrat politician, Mayor of Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1909-13; Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1940 [2]
  • William Walz, American Democrat politician, Treasurer of Michigan Democratic Party, 1939 [2]
  • Timothy J. Walz (b. 1964), American Democrat politician, U.S. Representative from Minnesota 1st District, 2007-; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Minnesota, 2008 [2]
  • Stewart C. Walz, American politician, U.S. Attorney for Utah, 1989 [2]
  • Michael Walz, American politician, Member of Minnesota State House of Representatives 59th District, 1903-04, 1907-08 [2]
  • Norman J. Walz, American politician, Member of Minnesota State Senate 63rd District, 1959 [2]
  • Jinny Lee Walz, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Kansas, 2012 [2]
  • Jacob Walz, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from New York County 19th District, 1909 [2]
  • Herman Walz, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1980 [2]
  • Fred Walz, American politician, Candidate for Minnesota State Senate 12th District, 1942 [2]
  • ... (Another 12 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


Suggested Readings for the name Walz +

  • 4579 "The Walz Genealogical Record" by Roy Walz.

  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 2016, January 18) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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