Etymology of Arntz

Etymology is the study of the origin and meaning of the Arntz name. Specifically in the case of Arntz we can go a long way back in history.

Arntz Family Name Origin

Arntz Etymology 01Arntz is a German and English surname. Its origin is a Norman personal name composed of the elements ‘aran’ (eagle) and ‘walda’ (rule). So its meaning is something like ‘ruling as an eagle’.

Through heriditary the name evolved and stabilized to Arntz. It spread from southern Germany to the North. and crossed the border with the Netherlands. There it settled in the region around ‘Millingen aan de Rijn’, a small dutch village near the german border. Late 19th century a certain Aloïs Arntz moved from that region to Antwerp in Belgium. He is the ancestor of the (only) Arntz family that still resides in Belgium today.

The name Arntz was also taken early to England by settlers where it has been anglicized to Arnold. There were places of the name, a village in the parish of Riston, County York, and a parish in County Nottingham from where the name may have been derived. Earliest records of the name mention Ernold Rogerus filius Ernaldi who was listed as a tenant in the Domesday book of 1086.

History of Heriditary Surnames

Arntz Etymology 02The first heriditary surnames are found in France and England, and a bit later in the late 12th century on German soil.

It was not until the 16th century that the heriditary surnames became stabilized. The practice of adopting them began in the southern areas of Germany, and gradually spread northwards during the Middle Ages.

The earliest hereditary surnames in England are found shorlty after the Norman Conquest of 1066 and are of Norman French origin rather than native English. On the arrival of the Normans they identified themselves by references to the estates from which they came from in northern France. These names moved rapidly on with their bearers into Scotland and Ireland. Others of the Norman Invaders took names from the estates in England which they had newly acquired.

Even more Arntz names …

Arntz Etymology 03All the following names have the same Norman origin as Arntz. Some of these names are also used as first names.

Aarens, Aarnoudse, Aarnouts, Aarnoutse, Aarrents, Aerenhouts, Aernaudt, Aernaudts, Aernaut, Aernauts, Aernhoudt, Aernhout, Aernoodt, Aernoudt, Aernoudts, Aernout, Aernouts, Ahrend, Ahrens, Aornout, Arend, Arends, Arendt, Arent, Aerens, Aerents, Arents, Arens, Arendsen, Arets, Arentz, Arenz, Arnal, Arnau, Arnaud, Arnauld, Arnault, Arnaut, Arnauts, Arnauw, Arnhold, Arno, Arnoë, Arnoes, Arnoets, Arnoeyts, Arnoijs, Arnold, Arnoldi, Arnolds, Arnoldts, Arnoldus, Arnoldussen, Arnoldy, Arnols, Arnolts, Arnot, Arnots, Arnott, Arnotte, Arnou, Arnouat, Arnoud, Arnoudt, Arnout, Arnouts, Arnoul, Arnould, Arnoult, Arnoulx, Arnous, Arnouw, Arnoux, Arnoys, Arndt, Arndts, Ares, Arn, Arntzen, Ernault, Ernaut, Ernaux, Erneux, Ernotte, Ernou, Ernoud, Ernould, Ernout, Ernoux, Ernult, Haerens, Harent, Harnould, Haerenhoud, Haerenout, Harnouds, Hernaut, Hernaux, Hernay, Herno, Hernoe, Hernoes, Hernot, Hernotte, Hernou, Hernould, Hernoux

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    • Hi Chris, thanks for visiting the Arntz website! A banner mentioning “Arntz spotted in Crestview, Florida” has been added immediately to the header images. 🙂 In case you can tell a bit more about your Arntz roots or to read stories from other Arntz, you can also visit the guestbook

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  1. Hello from Boston. My mother’s maiden name was Arntz. Her ancestors immigrated to Wisconsin and ended up in North Dakota.

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  2. Hello!

    My surname is arntz to! i’m from holland, trying to find out the meaning of the surname!

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    • If you were in search of the meaning of the Arntz name, you’ve find the right place, Angelo! 🙂

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  3. Hello from Ohio! I always knew my anceatora were ancient to my environment. Wish my dad, Byron Arntz, (whose grandfather was Aloisious Ferdinand after the aforementioned Alois Arntz) was here to discuss this. I mean, hes here, but i unfortunately cant see or hear him while awake

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