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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

  • Johannes Schmidt came to Germantown, Pennsylvania between 1683 and 1709

Schmidt Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Arnd Schmidt emigrated with his family to England or America in 1709
  • Zacharias Schmidt, who arrived in New York in 1709-1710
  • Ulrich Schmidt, who arrived in New York, NY in 1710
  • Valentin Schmidt, who landed in New York, NY in 1710
  • Anna Maria Schmidt, who came to New York State in 1710

Schmidt Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Sarah Schmidt, aged 3, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1800
  • Anthony Schmidt, aged 19, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1804
  • Anna Eliz Schmidt, aged 42, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1804
  • Anna Cathar Schmidt, who landed in North America in 1832-1849
  • Philip Peter Schmidt, who landed in New York, NY in 1832

Schmidt Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century

  • Alexander Schmidt, aged 3, arrived in New York, NY in 1901
  • August L Schmidt, who arrived in America in 1907


  • Adolph Schmidt (b. 1904), U.S. Ambassador to Canada 1969-74
  • Mike Schmidt (b. 1949), American baseball player
  • Major General Harry Schmidt (1886-1968), American sailor awarded the Navy Cross in 1918
  • Brian P. Schmidt (b. 1967), American astrophysicist and co-winner of the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics
  • Chief Gunner's Mate Oscar Schmidt Jr. (1896-1973), United States Navy sailor and a recipient of the Medal of Honor
  • Mr. August Schmidt (d. 1912), aged 26, American Second Class passenger from Newark, New Jersey who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • Boss Schmidt (1880-1932), American major league catcher
  • Brian Schmidt (b. 1967), American-born, Australian astrophysicist and Nobel laureate
  • Eric Schmidt (1955-2011), American executive chairman, former CEO, of Google and 136th-richest person in the world in 2011
  • Arno Schmidt (1910-1979), controversial experimental writer



  • Descendants of John Schmidt and Magdalena Kopfenstein by Bertha Louise Schmidt Krause.
  • Johan Schmidt and Six Generations of his Descendants, 1850 to 1987 by Damon Purinton.
  • Sixteen Maryland Families by Richard Gary Schmidt.

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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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