Wurtz History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

Early Origins of the Wurtz family

The surname Wurtz 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.

Early History of the Wurtz family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wurtz research. Another 61 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1417, 1477, and 1487 are included under the topic Early Wurtz History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Wurtz Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Wurtz family (pre 1700)

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


United States Wurtz migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Wurtz Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Joggi Wurtz, who landed in America in 1736 [1]
  • Elisa Wurtz, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1737 [1]
  • Jacob Wurtz, who landed in America in 1749 [1]
  • Hans Martin Wurtz, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1750 [1]
  • Henry Wurtz, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1750 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Wurtz Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Elisabeth Wurtz, who was on record in Lancaster, NY in 1833
  • Elisabeth Wurtz, who landed in Lancaster, NY in 1833 [1]
  • Jakob Wurtz, who arrived in Lancaster, NY in 1833 [1]
  • Johannes Wurtz, who arrived in Lancaster, NY in 1833 [1]
  • Magdalene Wurtz, who arrived in Lancaster, NY in 1833 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Wurtz Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • George Wurtz, who arrived in Wisconsin in 1916 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Wurtz (post 1700) +

  • Richard J. Wurtz, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kansas, 1996 [2]
  • Volkmar Würtz (b. 1938), German fencer at the 1964 Summer Olympics
  • Francis Wurtz (b. 1948), French politician from Strasbourg, Member of the European Parliament
  • Charles Adolphe Wurtz (1817-1884), French chemist, best know for his Wurtz reaction
  • George Wurtz Hughes (1806-1870), American Democrat politician, Colonel in the U.S. Army during the Mexican War; U.S. Representative from Maryland 6th District, 1859-61


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 21) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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