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Origins Available: German, Swiss
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.
Spelling variations of this family name include: Wertz, Werz, Wert, Wurz, Wurtz, Wirz and others.
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.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wurtz research. Another 121 words (9 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.
Another 79 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wurtz Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Wurtz Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Wurtz Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Wurtz Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
The Wurtz Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Wurtz 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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