When Hermann Holz was born on 9 May 1900, in Neumünster, Schleswig-Holstein, Prussia, Germany, his father, Hermann Holz, was 25 and his mother, Minna Bertha Wiechert, was 17. He died in 1944, at the age of 44.
Some characteristic forenames: German Kurt, Hans, Dieter, Erna, Fritz, Gunther, Manfred, Otto, Ulrich, Bernhard, Erhardt, Erwin.
German: topographic name for a forest dweller, from Middle High German holz ‘wood, copse’.
Jewish (Ashkenazic): from German Holz ‘wood’, either an artificial name or a metonymic occupational name for a woodcutter or someone who sold wood.