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The German name Wirz 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 Wirz may have been an occupational name for a green grocer. It also possible that as a surname, Wirz derived from a place name, such as the town named Wurzberg, in the Odenwald region.

Wirz Early Origins



The surname Wirz 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.

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Wirz Spelling Variations


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Wirz Spelling Variations



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

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Wirz Early History


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Wirz Early History



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

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Wirz Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Wirz Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 48 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wirz 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:

Wirz Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Johannes Conrad Wirz, who settled in Philadelphia in 1735
  • Anna Wirz, who landed in Carolina in 1743
  • Jacob Wirz, who arrived in Carolina in 1743
  • Jacob and Anna Wirz, who arrived in Carolina in 1743

Wirz Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Andrew Wirz, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1855
  • Wilhelm Wirz, aged 70, landed in America in 1881

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Contemporary Notables of the name Wirz (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Wirz (post 1700)



  • Henry Wirz (1822-1865), American (Swiss born), Major in the Confederate army, executed after the American Civil War for war crimes
  • Theodor Wirz, President of the Swiss Council of States (parliament) 1884-85

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Wirz Historic Events


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Wirz Historic Events




RMS Titanic

  • Mr. Albert Wirz (d. 1912), aged 27, Swiss Third Class passenger from Uster who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking and was recovered by CS Mackay-Bennett

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Brechenmacher, Josef Karlmann. Deutches Namenbuch. Stuttgart: Verlag von Adolf Bonz & Comp, 1928. Print.
    2. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    3. Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. Print.
    4. Hildenbrand, A.M. Wappenfibel. Handbuch der Heraldik. Neustadt an der Aisch: 1970. Print.
    5. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    6. 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).
    7. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    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. Steed, Henry Wickham . The Hapsburg Monarchy. London: Constable and Company, 1919. Print.
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    The Wirz Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Wirz 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 14 February 2014 at 10:15.

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