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About the Glanz surname

Early Origins of the Glanz family

The surname Glanz was first found in Westphalia, where the name emerged in mediaeval times as one of the notable families in the western region. From the 13th century onwards the surname was identified with the great social and economic evolution which made this territory a landmark contributor to the development of the nation.

Glanz Spelling Variations Spelling variations of this family name include: Glan, Glane, Gland, Glanner, Glannes, Glans, Glanz, Glen, Glantz, Glauntz and many more.

Glanz migration Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Glanz Settlers in United States in the 19th Century Joh Heinrich Glanz, who arrived in America in 1844 L C F Glanz, who arrived in Galveston, Tex in 1850 Joh Peter Glanz, who landed in America in 1852 Amalie Glanz, aged 34, who landed in America, in 1892 Adolf Glanz, aged 18, who immigrated to the United States, in 1896

Glanz Settlers in United States in the 20th Century Cacilia Glanz, aged 5, who immigrated to the United States from Plabutsch, in 1905 Chaim Glanz, aged 17, who landed in America from Warsaw, in 1906 Bertha Glanz, aged 1, who landed in America from Jaworow, Austria, in 1910 Anschel Glanz, aged 28, who immigrated to America from Golagura, Austria, in 1913 Contemporary Notables of the name Glanz (post 1700)+ James Glanz, American journalist who was appointed as Baghdad bureau chief of The New York Times in 2007

Last name: Glanz SDB Popularity ranking: 21099

This unusual patronymic surname appears to be of Mediterranean origins, but in fact is medieval German. It derives from the word "glend" or "glan(d)t", which describes an area of cleared land when used in the topographical sense, as in the village name Glandorf, but when applied as a personal or surname, the origin is less certain. The accepted translation is "bright" or possibly "open" in a descriptive or academic sense, and in its original form would have been a nickname for an academic, or perhaps given the robust humour of the period, one who was a colourful character or dresser.

The modern spelling forms are very varied, although the original base spellings are as shown herewith with the developing styles - Wolf, son of Jorge and Anna Glentz, christened at Chemnitz, Sachsen, on August 19th 1582, whilst Maria Kunigunde Glenz married Erasmus Eberle at Saulgau, Donaukrees, Wuertt, Germany, on April 20th 1699. On July 13th 1782, one Bernharduz Glenza married Joanna Herlerin at Basadinger, in the Canton of Thurgae, Switzerland. In America the name is recorded as Glinde, Glantz, Glanz and Glendzer, the latter being found in Pennsylvania as early as 1784. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Hans Glend, which was dated 1480, recorded as the Miller of Neckartenzlingen, Germany, during the reign of Emperor Frederick 111 of Hapsburg, 1440 - 1493. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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