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Where did the German Schmidt family come from? What is the German Schmidt family crest and coat of arms? When did the Schmidt family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Schmidt family history?
One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Schmidt include Schmidt (northern Germany), Schmid (southern Germany), Schmitz (Rhineland), Schmied, Schmitt, Smith (English) and many more.
First found in the northern provinces that were later to make up Prussia, where the name emerged in mediaeval times as one of the notable families of the region.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Schmidt research. Another 361 words(26 lines of text) covering the years 1537, 1564, 1618, 1630, 1648, 1708, 1752, 1764, 1766, 1768, 1787, 1815, 1817, 1837, 1838, 1849, 1853, 1854, 1875, 1876, and 1880 are included under the topic Early Schmidt History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 122 words(9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Schmidt Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Since medieval times, the state of Prussia has played an important part in the history of Germany. The state's military powers were historically very strong, and endured until after the Second World War, when the territory was broken up and divided between the Soviet Union, Poland, East Germany and West Germany. A spurt of migration followed, with some Prussians going elsewhere in Europe and many others crossing the ocean to North America. Most entered the United States through Philadelphia. Some remained there, while more moved on to the states of Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Others traveled to Canada and settled Ontario and the prairie provinces. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Schmidt or a variant listed above:
Schmidt Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Schmidt Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Schmidt Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
Schmidt Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century
The Schmidt Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Schmidt Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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