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The history of the Wiltz family name begins in the German province of Bavaria. Wiltz is a nickname surname, a class of German names derived from eke-names, or added names, that described people by a personal characteristic or other attribute. Wiltz is a name for a person who was extremely wild and passionate. The surname Wiltz is derived from the German word wild, which means the same in English.

Wiltz Early Origins



The surname Wiltz was first found in Bavaria, where the name contributed greatly to the development of an emerging nation that would later play an important role in the tribal and national conflicts of the area. The Wiltz variant claim descendancy from the eponymous Wiltz, a city in north-western Luxembourg, capital of the canton Wiltz, home of the Wiltz Castle which belonged to the former Counts of Wiltz.

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Wiltz Spelling Variations


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Wiltz 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 Wiltz include Wilder, Wildt, Wilde, Wild, Wilt, Wildter and others.

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Wiltz Early History


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Wiltz Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wiltz research. Another 259 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1573 and 1855 are included under the topic Early Wiltz History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Wiltz Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Wiltz Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 41 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wiltz 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



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 Wiltz or a variant listed above:

Wiltz Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Christoph Wiltz, who arrived in America in 1775

Wiltz Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Abraham Wiltz, who arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1835
  • Anna Wiltz, who came to America in 1867
  • Georg Wiltz, who settled in America in 1882

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Contemporary Notables of the name Wiltz (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Wiltz (post 1700)



  • Louis Alfred Wiltz (1843-1881), American politician, 29th Governor of Louisiana (1880-1881)
  • Louis Alfred Wiltz (1843-1881), American politician, Mayor of New Orleans, Louisiana, 1872-74; Lieutenant Governor of Louisiana; Elected 1876; Governor of Louisiana, 1880-81

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    2. Garland, Mary and Henry Garland Editions. Oxford Companion To German Literature 3rd Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997. Print. (ISBN 0198158963).
    3. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    4. Gritzner, M. Handbuch der heraldischen Terminologie in zwölf Zungen. Nürnberg: 1890. Print.
    5. 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).
    6. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Hopeful Journeys German Immigration, Settlement, and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
    7. Jones, Henry Z. Palatine Families of New York 2 Volumes. Rockland, ME: Picton Press, 2001. Print. (ISBN 978-0961388829).
    8. Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. Print.
    9. Jones, George F. The Germans of Colonial Georgia 1733-1783 Revised edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0806311614).
    10. Zoder, Rudolf. Familiennamen in Ostfalen. Hildesheim: Geog Olms Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1968. Print.
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    The Wiltz Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Wiltz 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 26 January 2016 at 09:24.

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