Pankratz Family History
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Pankratz Name Meaning
German: from the medieval personal name Pankratz, the vernacular form of Latin Pancratius (Greek Pankratios, from pankrates ‘all-in wrestler’, from pan ‘all’, ‘every’ + kratein ‘to conquer, subdue’, re-analysed by early Christians as meaning ‘Almighty’ and thus a suitable epithet of Christ). The name was borne by a 4th-century Christian martyr in Rome, hence its popularity as a personal name in the Middle Ages.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press
Similar surnames: Kratz, Pinkert, Gratz, Kamrath, Artz, Pomerantz, Mauritz, Porath