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About the study
The Glaentzer surname is German in origin and is fairly rare making it excellent for a One-Name Study. A researcher in Germany and I have been collecting data for this project. We have gedcoms available for anyone that is interested.
This is a new project so stay tuned for updates. Please see the Glaentzer One-Name Study website at http://glaentzer.one-name.net/
The following are known variants that have been tied into the main line:
The following are possible variants that have not been proven yet:
The following are misspellings that have been found in the records but not proven as a true variant:
The earliest known Glaentzers are from the very early 17th century in Hessen and Baden-Württemberg, Germany. From this German line there are known lines in Italy, France and the United States.
Glaenz/Gläntz means shine, sparkle, glisten, gleam etc. but there is also a village near Salzburg, Austria called Glancz and it is possible the name originated there. The name Glänzer and Glanzer can be still be seen there.
Distribution of the name
Gläntzer - Bielefeld, Kassel and the area around, Lemgo, Detmold, Wuppertal, Hannover, Wiesbaden
Glänzer - Bruchhausen, Höxter, Blomberg
Glaentzer - Köln, Bretten/Baden, Frankfurt, Mannheim, Oberwesel
Glaen(t)zer - Neu Isenburg (near Frankfurt)
Glänzer/Glintzer - Schwalmstadt, Alsfeld, Ziegenhain and the surrounding areas