The German surname Lantz is derived from the Germanic personal name Lanzo, originally a short form of various compound names with the first element land ‘land’, ‘territory’, but later used as an independent name. The name is chiefly found in southern Germany. A notable bearer of the name was Walter Benjamin Lantz an American cartoonist, animator, film producer, and director, best known for founding Walter Lantz Productions and creating Woody Woodpecker. There are approximately 12,000 bearers of the name Lantz in the United States today.
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