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The German name Wirtz has evolved from several different sources. The name may be a derivative of the Middle High German "wert" meaning "river island," or "river bank." It may have come from the ancient personal name Werner, composed of the Old High German "warjan" meaning "protection" and "hari" meaning "army." The Middle High German word "wurz" meant "greenery" or "herb" and Wirtz may have been an occupational name for a green grocer. It also possible that as a surname, Wirtz derived from a place name, such as the town named Wurzberg, in the Odenwald region.

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The surname Wirtz was first found in the Rhineland-Palatinate, Southwestern Germany, where a Werzo Carpentarius was listed as residing in Worms in 1277. Another early instance of the name is of Conrad der alt Wurz (the elder Conrad,) who was listed in the "Wurttembergische Viertelsjahrhefte fur Landesgeschichte," as being a citizen of Horkheim in 1370.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Wertz, Werz, Wert, Wurz, Wurtz, Wirz and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wirtz research. Another 121 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1417, 1477, and 1487 are included under the topic Early Wirtz History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Another 48 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wirtz Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Wirtz Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Jacob Wirtz, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1731
  • Jacob Wirtz, aged 26, landed in Pennsylvania in 1731
  • Johannes Conrad Wirtz, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1735
  • Hans Conrad Wirtz, aged 26, arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1735
  • Lisa Magdalena Wirtz, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1737
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Wirtz Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Anne Marie Wirtz, who settled in America in 1835
  • William Wirtz, aged 30, landed in St Louis, Missouri in 1848
  • George Wirtz, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1851
  • Anton Wirtz, aged 32, landed in America in 1857
  • Georg Wirtz, aged 14, arrived in New York in 1862
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Wirtz Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • John Peter Wirtz, who arrived in Canada in 1841
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  • Arthur Wirtz (1901-1983), American businessman, owner Chicago Blackhawks & Bulls
  • Alvin J. Wirtz (1888-1951), American lawyer, Under Secretary for the Department of the Interior (1940-1941)
  • William Willard Wirtz (b. 1912), American administrator, Secretary of Labor (1962-1969)
  • Karl Eugen Julius Wirtz (1910-1994), German nuclear physicist
  • Carl Wilhelm Wirtz (1876-1939), German astronomer
  • Kris Wirtz (b. 1969), Canadian figure skater
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Citations



    Other References

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    2. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    3. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2000. Print. (ISBN 978-0806303024).
    4. Strassburger, Ralph B. German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
    5. Gottschald, Max. Deutsche Namenkunde unsere Familiennamen nach ihrer Entstehung und Bedeutung. München: J.F. Lehmanns Verlag, 1932. Print.
    6. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmachers Wappenbuch. München, Battenberg: 1975. 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. Hildenbrand, A.M. Wappenfibel. Handbuch der Heraldik. Neustadt an der Aisch: 1970. Print.
    9. Bahlow, Hans (Edda Gentry trns). Dictionary of German Names . Madison, Wisconsin: Max Kade Institute, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-924119-35-7).
    10. Brechenmacher, Josef Karlmann. Deutches Namenbuch. Stuttgart: Verlag von Adolf Bonz & Comp, 1928. Print.
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