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Where did the German Schaper family come from? What is the German Schaper family crest and coat of arms? When did the Schaper family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Schaper family history?

The Schaper surname is derived from the Middle High German word "schaf," meaning "sheep." As such, the name is thought to have originally been occupational.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Schaper, Schapper, Schapere, Schapers, Schaperes, Schappers, Schappere, Schaaper, Schaeper, Shaper, Schaperr and many more.

First found in Prussia, where the name emerged in medieval times as one of the notable families of the region. From the 13th century the surname was identified with the great social and economic evolution which made this territory a landmark contributor to the development of the nation.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Schaper research. Another 208 words(15 lines of text) covering the years 1714 and 1789 are included under the topic Early Schaper History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Schaper Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Schaper Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Heinrich Schaper, who landed in America in 1778
  • Heinr Schaper, who arrived in America in 1783
  • Jurgen Schaper, who landed in America in 1783

Schaper Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Bern Heinr Schaper, who arrived in America in 1820
  • Joh Schaper, who landed in North America in 1832-1849
  • Joh Fr Samuel Schaper, who arrived in Louisiana in 1833
  • Joh Heinr Schaper, who landed in America in 1834
  • Henry Schaper, who landed in New York in 1841


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  1. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmachers Wappenbuch. München, Battenberg: 1975. Print.
  2. Bahlow, Hans. Abhandlungen zur Namenforschung und Buchgeschichte. 1980. Print. (ISBN 978-3768690522).
  3. Oswald, G. Lexicon der Heraldik. Leipzig: 1984. Print.
  4. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Journeys German Immigration, Settlement and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
  5. Strassburger, Ralph B. German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
  6. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Hopeful Journeys German Immigration, Settlement, and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
  7. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  8. Kapff, Rudolf. Schwäbische Geschlechtsnamen. Stuttgart: Verlag Silberburg, 1927. Print.
  9. Hildenbrand, A.M. Wappenfibel. Handbuch der Heraldik. Neustadt an der Aisch: 1970. Print.
  10. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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The Schaper Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Schaper 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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