Arntz Family • Etymology
This German and English surname was originally from a Norman personal name composed of the elements ‘aran’ (eagle) and ‘walda’ (rule).
The first hereditary surnames on German soil are found in the second half of the 12th century, slightly later than in England and France. However, it was not until the 16th century that they became stabilized. The practice of adopting hereditary surnames began in the southern areas of Germany, and gradually spread northwards during the history of the Middel Ages.
Arntz • Heraldry
- Crest: in gold three red rings
- Helmet: a red ring between a golden flight
- Blanket: gold and red
- Motto: ‘ut viva vigila’ / ‘vincet labor’
Heraldry came into use in the Middle Ages. It is the creation and presentation of a coat of arms and badges, used in devices to distinguish the armoured warriors in tournament and war. Heraldry was also placed on seals as marks of identity.
Arntz Family • Genealogy
There are many families around the world with this name. Their family tree has many branches and the relationship between them is not always easy to determine or even present.
A lot of Arntz are descended from ancestors in the Netherlands. Their forefathers mainly lived in the neighbourhood of ‘Millingen aan de Rijn’, a small village at the German border. The roots of these people go way back into the early 17th century.