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The surname Wentz 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.


The surname Wentz 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.

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.


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


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


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Wentz Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Balzer Wentz, who landed in New York in 1709
  • George Lewis Wentz, who arrived in Georgia in 1735
  • Valentine Wentz, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1743
  • Philip Wentz, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1743
  • Johan Diel Wentz, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1748
  • ...

Wentz Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Wentz, who arrived in Maryland in 1840
  • Joseph Wentz, aged 41, landed in St Louis, Missouri in 1849
  • Jeremiah Wentz, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • Louis Wentz, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1868
  • Fredrick Wentz, who landed in America in 1873
  • ...

Wentz Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Anna Wentz, aged 4, who settled in America, in 1914

  • John George "Jack" Wentz (1863-1907), American Major League Baseball right-handed second baseman who played one game for the Louisville Colonels in 1891
  • Jonathan Michael Wentz (1990-2012), American Paralympic equestrian competitor at the 2012 Summer Paralympics
  • Myron W. Wentz, American founder of USANA Health Sciences
  • Peter Lewis Kingston "Pete" Wentz III (b. 1979), American bassist and lyricist for the American rock band Fall Out Boy
  • Walter Yeeling Evans- Wentz (1878-1965), American anthropologist, writer and translator of The Tibetan Book of the Dead in 1927
  • Earl Wentz (1938-2009), American pianist, composer, and musical director
  • Lewis Haines Wentz (1877-1949), American oil businessman and philanthropist
  • J. P. Wentz, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1908
  • George A. Wentz, American politician, Mayor of Gilroy, California, 1913
  • Christian Wentz, American politician, Member of California State Assembly 7th District, 1881-83
  • ...

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    Other References

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    2. Steed, Henry Wickham . The Hapsburg Monarchy. London: Constable and Company, 1919. Print.
    3. Strassburger, Ralph B. Pennsylvania German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
    4. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    5. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    7. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    8. Garland, Mary and Henry Garland Editions. Oxford Companion To German Literature 3rd Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997. Print. (ISBN 0198158963).
    9. Schenk, Trudy. Wuerttemberg Emigration Index Volume I-VIII. Salt Lake City: Ancestry Inc., 1986. Print.
    10. Kapff, Rudolf. Schwäbische Geschlechtsnamen. Stuttgart: Verlag Silberburg, 1927. Print.
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    The Wentz Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Wentz 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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