SCHULZ Last Name Origin and Meaning

Schulz last name origin and meaning

The surname Schulz, which ranks 9th among most common German last names, has several possible origins:

  1. A German occupational name for the man in charge of a village (magistrate, sheriff, overseer) originally derived from the Middle High German word schulteize meaning the person in charge of collecting payments on behalf of the lord of the manor. It is similar in meaning to the English family name, Constable.
  2. The Jewish origin of the SCHULTZ / SCHULZ name is uncertain, possibly given to, or by, a rabbi.

The Schulz surname is most commonly found in Germany according to the World Names Public Profiler, especially within the regions of Brandenburg, Mecklenberg-Vorpommern, Berlin, Sachsen-Anhalt, and Schleswig-Holstein. It is next found most frequently in Austria and Australia. When spelled with a "t" (Schultz), the last name is more common in Denmark and the United States than Germany.

Because most last names originate in multiple areas, the best way to learn more about your Schulz last name is to research your own specific family history. If you are new to genealogy, you can try tracing your family tree or learn more researching German genealogy and family coat of arms.

Surname Origin: German, English


  • Charles Schulz - American cartoonist, artist, and illustrator, best known for the popular comic strip Peanuts
  • Howard Schultz - Starbucks CEO
  • Warren Schultz - American game designer
  • Erwin Schulz - German Nazi SS general

Genealogy Resources for the SCHULZ Last Name

Meanings and Origins of the 50 Top German Surnames
Müller, Schmidt, Schneider, Fischer, Meyer... Are you one of the millions of people sporting one of the most common German last names? The Schulz last name ranks 9th on the list.

How to Research German Ancestors
Germany, as we know it today, is a much different country than it was during the time of many of our distant ancestors. Learn how to research your German ancestors both in present-day Germany, as well as in the six countries that received portions of the former German territory.

Is My Surname Jewish?
While many people will identify a last name that sounds "Jewish," you generally can't identify Jewish ancestry by surname alone.

10 Online Sources for Holocaust Research
From deportation records to lists of the martyred to survivor testimonies, the Holocaust has generated a vast amount of documents and records - many of which can be researched online!

Schultz-Scholz Y-chromosome DNA Surname Project
The goal of the Schultz Surname Project is to use Y-DNA testing to distinguish between Schultz ancestral lines, worldwide. Any reasonable spelling variant of the surname is included, including Schultz, Schulze, Scholz, Scholze, Schult, Schulte, Schultes, Schultheiß, Schults, Schultz, Schultze, Schulz, Schulze, Shults, Shultz, Sulc and Szulc.

SCHULZ Family Genealogy Forum
Search this popular genealogy forum for the Schulz last name to find others who might be researching your ancestors, or post your own Schulz query.

FamilySearch - SCHULZ Genealogy
Search and access records, queries, and lineage-linked online family trees posted for the Schulz surname and its variations. FamilySearch features over 4 million results for the Schulz last name.

SCHULZ Surname & Family Mailing Lists
RootsWeb hosts several free mailing lists for researchers of the Schulz surname. - SCHULZ Genealogy & Family History
Explore free databases and genealogy links for the last name Schulz.


Cottle, Basil. Penguin Dictionary of Surnames. Baltimore, MD: Penguin Books, 1967.

Hanks, Patrick and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford University Press, 1989.

Hanks, Patrick. Dictionary of American Family Names. Oxford University Press, 2003.

Smith, Elsdon C. American Surnames. Genealogical Publishing Company, 1997.

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