Origin of the Family Name
Horowitz - Horovitz - Hurwitz - Horowicz - Hurvitz - Hourwitz - Harrwitz
Urwitz - Gurvich - Gurewicz - Gorwitz - Gorowitz - Gurevitz - Gurovich
Article taken from: Beth Hatefutsoth Communities & Family Names
"Many Jewish family names can be traced to place of origin or residence.
The names in this group are derived from the town of
HORVICE in Bohemia.
Slavonic forms replace the initial H with G because the Cyrillic Alphabet
has no H.
Horowitz is documented as a Jewish surname in Prague since 1500, and also
with the polish Talmudist, Abraham Ben Shabbetai Sheftel Horowitz (C.
1550-1615) and the 16th/17th-century Czech-Born Polish Rabbi, Cabalist and
communal leader, Isaiah Ben Abraham Ha-Levy Horowitz.
Distinguished 20th-century bearers of the Jewish family name Horowitz
include the Galician-born Israeli economist, David Horowitz, who was first
Governor of the Bank of Israel; and the Russian-born American Pianist,
Leo Horowitz was a 20th-century American Geologist.
Horwitz is recorded with the German-born English chess-master, Bernard
Horwitz (1807-1885), the American Physician, Pinheas Horwitz (1822-1904),
and the 20th-century American-born Israeli physicist, Lawrence P. Horwitz.
Dov Eliahu Hurvitz was 20th-century Russian-born Israel Government Official.
Hurwitz is documented as a Jewish family name in the early 16th-century in
Prague, Bohemia, and in the 20th-century with the Russian-born American
attorney, Albert Hurwitz, the Lithuanian-born Northern Ireland business
executive, Barnett Harris Hurvitz, and the Danish criminologist, Educator
and Author, Stephan Hurwitz.
Polish-born Zalkind Hourwitz (C. 1740-1812) also known as Hurwitz, was
Pioneer of Jewish Emancipation in France.
In the 20th-century, Gurvich is recorded as a Jewish Surname with the
Australian soldier, A. Gurvich, who served in the Second World War.
Distinguished 20th-century bearers of the Jewish name Gurewicz include the
Polish-born Australian lecturer Sholom Benzion Gurewicz.