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

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In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations of the name Schmid 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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Schmid 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 Schmid History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 122 words(9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Schmid Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Prussia played an extremely influential role in shaping modern German history. It remained a part of Germany until after the Second World War. Prussia was divided among the Soviet Union, Poland, East Germany and West Germany. Many Prussians became residents of these new countries after the War, and many migrated to other parts of Germany or Europe, as well as to North America. In the United States, the majority of settlers landed in Philadelphia, and moved on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Many German settlers also migrated to Canada, particularly to Ontario and the Prairies. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Schmid were

Schmid Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Adam Schmid, who arrived in New York in 1709
  • Bernhard Schmid, who arrived in New York in 1709
  • Georg Schmid, who landed in New York in 1709-1710
  • Georg Adam Schmid, who arrived in New York in 1709
  • Harwich Schmid, who arrived in New York in 1709-1710


Schmid Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Geo Fredk Schmid, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1805
  • Jac Schmid, who arrived in America in 1807
  • Joh Conrad Schmid, who arrived in America in 1807
  • Katharina Friederike Schmid, who arrived in America in 1820
  • Johann Schmid, aged 26, arrived in New York, NY in 1848


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  • Lothar Maximilian Lorenz Schmid (1928-2013), German chess grandmaster
  • Harald Schmid (b. 1957), former German track-and-field athlete named "German Sportsman of the Year" in 1979 and 1987
  • Rudolf Schmid (1914-2012), German prelate of the Roman Catholic Church
  • Alex Peter Schmid (b. 1943), Dutch scholar in Terrorism Studies and former Officer-in-Charge of the Terrorism Prevention Branch of the United Nations
  • Hellmut H. Schmid (1914-1998), Swiss Professor of geodesy and photogrammetry on the ETH Zürich
  • Staff Sergeant Olaf Schmid GC (1979-2009), British Army bomb disposal expert who was killed in action in the Afghanistan conflict and was awarded the George Cross


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  1. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  2. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
  3. Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. Print.
  4. Hildenbrand, A.M. Wappenfibel. Handbuch der Heraldik. Neustadt an der Aisch: 1970. Print.
  5. Gottschald, Max. Deutsche Namenkunde unsere Familiennamen nach ihrer Entstehung und Bedeutung. München: J.F. Lehmanns Verlag, 1932. Print.
  6. Jones, Henry Z. Palatine Families of New York 2 Volumes. Rockland, ME: Picton Press, 2001. Print. (ISBN 978-0961388829).
  7. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  8. Bahlow, Hans (Edda Gentry trns). Dictionary of German Names . Madison, Wisconsin: Max Kade Institute, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-924119-35-7).
  9. Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. Print.
  10. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
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The Schmid Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Schmid 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.

This page was last modified on 15 April 2014 at 18:40.

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