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Kurtz Family History

Kurtz Name Meaning

German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): nickname for someone who was short in stature, from Middle High German kur(t)z, German kurz ‘short’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Kurta, Kertz, Wurtz, Kurz, Klotz, Kuntz, Kritz, Kirtz, Keltz, Kuhrt

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Where is the Kurtz family from?

You can see how Kurtz families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Kurtz family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Kurtz families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 66 Kurtz families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 59% of all the recorded Kurtz's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Kurtz families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Kurtz surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Kurtz ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Kurtz. 13% of Kurtz men worked as a Farmer and 9% of Kurtz women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Kurtz were Clerk and Clerk.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Farmer
    13%
  • Laborer
    12%
  • Salesman
    8%
  • Clerk
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    9%
  • Stenographer
    8%
  • Teacher
    7%
  • Clerk
    6%
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Census Records

There are 94,000 census records available for the last name Kurtz. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Kurtz census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 12,000 immigration records available for the last name Kurtz. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 23,000 military records available for the last name Kurtz. For the veterans among your Kurtz ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Kurtz lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Kurtz life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1948, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Kurtz in 1942 was 65, and 76 in 2004.

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