Kotz Family History
Kotz Name Meaning
German: status name for a cottager or day laborer, from German Kotsasse, Kotsate, literally ‘inhabitant of a cottage’. German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): from Middle High German, Middle Low German kotze (or Polish koc) ‘blanket’, ‘horsecloth’, ‘coarse woolen cloth or garment’, hence a metonymic occupational name for a maker of such cloth or a nickname for a poorly dressed person. German (Kötz): from a pet form of the personal name Konrad. Hungarian (Kótz) and German: nickname from the Slavic loanword kóc ‘untidy hair’, ‘hair of corn’.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press