This surname VOELTZ was a German baptismal name 'the son of Fulk' a popular font name during the 12th and 13th century, and it lingered as a baptismal name until the 17th century. The name has many variant spellings which include VOLKE, VOELKE, VOELKER, VOLCKER, VOLK, VOLLE, VOLSER, FOLSER, FOLKMAN and VOZKE. Following the crusades in Europe in the 11th, 12th and 13th centuries, a need was felt for a family name to replace the one given at birth, or in addition to it. This was recognized by those of noble birth, and particularly by those who went on the Crusades, as it added prestige and practical advantage to their status. The first hereditary surnames on German soil are found in the second half of the 12th century, slightly later than in England and France. However, it was not until the 16th century that they became stabilized. The practice of adopting hereditary surnames began in the southern areas of Germany, and gradually spread northwards during the Middle Ages. Paul A. VOLCKER, born in 1927 was the economist born in Cape May, New Jersey. After many years in government banking, he served as the chairman of the Federal Reserve Board (1979-87). He then became professor of international economics at Princeton University, as well as a partner in the investment firm of James D. Wolfensohn, Inc. The word Heraldry is derived from the German HEER, (a host, an army) and HELD, (champion): the term BLASON, by which the science is denoted in French, English, Italian and German, has most probably its origin in the German word 'BLAZEN' (to blow the horn). Whenever a new knight appeared at a Tournament, the herald sounded the trumpet, and as competitors attended with closed vizors, it was his duty to explain the bearing of the shield or coat-armour belonging to each. Thus, the knowledge of the various devices and symbols was called 'Heraldry'. The Germans transmitted the word to the French, and it reached England after the Norman Conquest of 1066.
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