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The surname Wantz is a patronymic surname; that is, it is derived from the personal name of the original bearer. Patronymic surnames arose out of the vernacular and religious given name traditions. The vernacular or regional naming tradition is the oldest and most pervasive type of patronymic surname. According to this custom, names were originally composed of vocabulary elements from the local language. Vernacular names that were derived from ancient Germanic personal names have cognates in most European languages. For example, the court of Charlemagne (742-814) was Christian and Latin-speaking, but the Frankish dialect of Old German was commonly used for personal names. Vernacular names were also widespread in Germany. As a result, many typical English and French names are of Germanic origin and have cognates in other European languages. In this instance, the surname is derived from the given name Wenzel, a diminutive of the German name Wenze. This personal name is related to the Hungarian name Wenceslas, the 10th century saint immortalized in the Christmas carol Good King Wenceslas.

Wantz Early Origins



The surname Wantz was first found in Pomerania, where a member of the family was a knight in 1260. Many important members came from this family, such as Wenzel, a Bohemian king who died in 1305. From Pomerania, members of the family gradually migrated to different areas in Europe, such as Breslau, where the branch Wenczusch was recorded in 1345. The branch Wenczel Schickentanz was recorded in 1365 in Bruenn. A member of the branch Wenzel was an electorate in Sachsen and died in 1388. In 1414, the branch Wenczlab was recorded in Maehren.

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Wantz Spelling Variations


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Wantz Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Wensel, Wenzel, Wentsel, Wentzel, Wensell, Wenzell, Wentsell, Wentzell, Wenczel, Wenczlab, Wenczusch, Wentzke, Wentske, Wentziehn, Wentzig, Wentzler, Wentze, Ventzke, Ventske, Venceke, Ventzel and many more.

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Wantz Early History


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Wantz Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wantz research. Another 163 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1578, 1769, 1856 and 1868 are included under the topic Early Wantz History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Wantz Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Wantz Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Wantz Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Louis Wantz, aged 42, who arrived in New York City in 1892 aboard the ship "Bothnia" from Liverpool, England [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6RH-P4S : 6 December 2014), Louis Wantz, 30 May 1892; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York City, ship name Bothnia, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • Chaic Wantz, aged 40, originally from Wilna, who arrived in New York in 1898 aboard the ship "Scotia" from Hamburg, Germany [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JXHC-6JS : 6 December 2014), Chaic Wantz, 12 Mar 1898; citing departure port Hamburg, arrival port New York, ship name Scotia, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

Wantz Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Josephine Wantz, aged 25, originally from Paris, France, who arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "La Lorraine" from Le Havre, France [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J67G-PZ4 : 6 December 2014), Josephine Wantz, 01 Jun 1919; citing departure port Le Havre, arrival port New York, ship name La Lorraine, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • Henri Emile Wantz, aged 35, originally from Paris, France, who arrived in New York, N.Y. in 1920 aboard the ship "La Savoie" from Le Havre, France [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6Z4-B4D : 6 December 2014), Henri Emile Wantz, 27 Sep 1920; citing departure port Le Havre, arrival port New York, N.Y., ship name La Savoie, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

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Contemporary Notables of the name Wantz (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Wantz (post 1700)



  • Nicole Wantz, American writer, known for The Last Thing You See (2010)
  • Richard Carter "Dick" Wantz (1940-1965), American Major League Baseball relief pitcher for the California Angels in 1965

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6RH-P4S : 6 December 2014), Louis Wantz, 30 May 1892; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York City, ship name Bothnia, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  2. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JXHC-6JS : 6 December 2014), Chaic Wantz, 12 Mar 1898; citing departure port Hamburg, arrival port New York, ship name Scotia, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  3. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J67G-PZ4 : 6 December 2014), Josephine Wantz, 01 Jun 1919; citing departure port Le Havre, arrival port New York, ship name La Lorraine, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  4. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6Z4-B4D : 6 December 2014), Henri Emile Wantz, 27 Sep 1920; citing departure port Le Havre, arrival port New York, N.Y., ship name La Savoie, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

Other References

  1. Tarneller, Josef. Zur Namenkunde Tirolen Familiennamen. Bozen: Buchhandlung, 1923. Print.
  2. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  4. Kapff, Rudolf. Schwäbische Geschlechtsnamen. Stuttgart: Verlag Silberburg, 1927. Print.
  5. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  6. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
  7. Brechenmacher, Josef Karlmann. Deutches Namenbuch. Stuttgart: Verlag von Adolf Bonz & Comp, 1928. Print.
  8. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Journeys German Immigration, Settlement and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
  9. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  10. Bahlow, Hans. Abhandlungen zur Namenforschung und Buchgeschichte. 1980. Print. (ISBN 978-3768690522).
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The Wantz Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Wantz 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 11 September 2017 at 22:19.

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