Horowitz (Hebrew: הוֹרוֹביץ, Yiddish: האָראָװיץ), also transcribed as Horovitz/Hurwitz/Gurvich/Gurevich, is a surname that has its origin in the Yiddish name for the town of Hořovice in Bohemia. The patriarch of the family line is thought to be Aaron Meshullam Horowitz, founder of Pinkas Synagogue in Prague, who lived in Hořovice and Prague in the 16th century, and had eight sons who spread the family throughout Europe, which later spread to the Middle East, Russia and the Americas. Today there are some 50,000 people around the world, mostly of Levite and Jewish ancestry, carrying a variation of the Horowitz surname.
The Horowitz family is one of the most illustrious rabbinic families in Jewish history. Tradition quoted by scholars traces this family to the "Sons of Korah" mentioned in the Bible: Numbers 26:11 and Psalms 47. A family tree exists which traces Horowitz origins back to the 12th century. This family produced some of the greatest rabbinic scholars (Sephardic) of France and Italy in the 12, 13, and 14th centuries. The Sephardic surname of this family was Benveniste, which was later changed to Horowitz upon their immigration to the town of Horowitz (near Prague) in Bohemia in the 16th century. From that time forward prominent rabbis of this family were found in virtually every European country.
List of people with the surname Horowitz
- Isaiah Horowitz, Czech-born German and Israeli rabbi, cabbalist, and author
- Levi Yitzchak Horowitz, Bostoner Rebbe, 1921–2009
- Mayer Alter Horowitz, Bostoner Rebbe in Har Nof, b. 1946
- Naftali Yehuda Horowitz, Bostoner Rebbe of Boston,
- Shabtai Horowitz, Volhynia-born Austrian Rabbi and Talmudist, son of the Isaiah
- Shabtai Sheftel Horowitz, Rabbi and nephew of Isaiah Horowitz
- Shmelke Horowitz of Nikolsburg, Poland-born Chief Rabbi of Moravia and kabbalist
- Pinchas Horowitz, German rabbi and Talmudist
- Rebbe Yankev Yitzchok fun Lublin (Horowitz)
- Yidele Horowitz, Hasidic Rebbe of Dzikov
- Adam Horowitz (screenwriter), American TV show writer
- Alexandre Horowitz, Dutch technical engineer and inventor
- Anthony Horowitz, British author and television scriptwriter
- Ariel Horowitz, an Israeli singer-songwriter
- Barry Horowitz, American professional wrestler
- Ben Horowitz, technology entrepreneur and investor
- Daniel Horowitz, legal analyst and attorney
- David Horowitz, formerly New Left but now conservative writer and social activist
- see also David Horowitz (disambiguation)
- Donald Horowitz (New Jersey lawyer), an American lawyer
- Donald L. Horowitz, a professor of Law and Political Science at Duke University
- Isaac Horowitz, scientist automatic control theory, developed Quantitative Feedback Theory.
- Israel Horowitz, American chess master
- Jerome Horowitz, American scientist
- Dr. Leonard G. Horowitz, Leading American drug-industry whistleblower, retired dentist, Harvard-trained public health expert, award-winning author and filmmaker.
- Michael Horowitz, American author, husband of writer Cynthia Palmer and father of actress Winona Ryder.
- Moses Yitzchaq ha-Levi Horowitz, Yiddish playwright
- Norman Horowitz, American geneticist and space biologist
- Paul Horowitz, U.S. physicist and electrical engineer
- Ryszard Horowitz, Polish photographer
- Scott J. Horowitz, American astronaut
- Shmuel Horowitz, Israeli agronomist.
- S. Horowitz & Co. (a law firm in Israel founded by the late Shalom Horowitz)
- Vladimir Horowitz, renowned Ukrainian classical pianist
- Wayne Horowitz, archeologist
- Winona Ryder, American actress, birth name Winona Horowitz.
- The Horowitz Families Association
- Horowitz, Tzvi (1928). Toldot Mishpahat Horowitz. Krakow. p. 5. OCLC 233063982. Retrieved 10 September 2013.
- Shapiro, Jacob Leib (1981), Ancient Jewish Families, Israel: Chulias Publishing, pp. 195, 196.
- Shapiro 1981, pp. 163 – 194
- Guggenheimer, Heinrich Walter; Guggenheimer, Eva H. (1992), Jewish Family Names and Their Origins: An Etymological Dictionary, KTAV Publishing House, Inc., p. 347, ISBN 978-0-88125-297-2
- Family Coats of Arms / Family Crests, COAT OF ARMS / FAMILY CRESTS STORE.[dead link]
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