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Where did the German Schmitz family come from? What is the German Schmitz family crest and coat of arms? When did the Schmitz family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Schmitz 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 Schmitz 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 Schmitz 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 Schmitz History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 122 words(9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Schmitz 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 Schmitz or a variant listed above:

Schmitz Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Johan Schmitz, who arrived in New York in 1709

Schmitz Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Joh Bemh Schmitz, who arrived in America in 1830
  • Bern Schmitz, who arrived in America in 1834
  • Bemh Schmitz, who landed in America in 1834
  • Joh Anton Schmitz, who landed in America in 1835
  • Franz Jos Schmitz, who arrived in America in 1838


  • Robert Joseph "Bob" Schmitz (1939-2004), American NFL football linebacker who played for the Pittsburgh Steelers (1961–1966) and the Minnesota Vikings (1966)
  • James Henry Schmitz (1911-1981), German-born, American science fiction writer
  • Joseph Edward Schmitz, American lawyer, former Inspector General of the Department of Defense
  • John Albert Schmitz (1920-2011), nicknamed "Bear Tracks", American Major League Baseball pitcher who played from 1941 through 1956
  • Bill Schmitz (1954-2013), American head football coach at the United States Coast Guard Academy from 1993 to 1996
  • Julian Schmitz, American sliver Olympic medalist for gymnastics at the 1904 games
  • Lukas Schmitz (b. 1988), German footballer from Hattingen
  • Reinhard Schmitz (b. 1951), former professional German footballer
  • Norbert "Nobbi" Christian Schmitz (1958-1998), German footballer
  • Hermann Schmitz (1878-1960), German entomologist



  • Family Tree: Schmitz, Burbach, and Related Families by Helen Schmitz Fischels.

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  2. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  3. Tarneller, Josef. Zur Namenkunde Tirolen Familiennamen. Bozen: Buchhandlung, 1923. Print.
  4. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
  5. Zoder, Rudolf. Familiennamen in Ostfalen. Hildesheim: Geog Olms Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1968. Print.
  6. Haverkamp, Alfred. Medieval Germany 1056-1273 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print.
  7. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmacher's Grosses Wappenbuch 35 Volumes. Germany: Bauer & Raspe. Print.
  8. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmachers Wappenbuch. München, Battenberg: 1975. Print.
  9. Götze, Alfred. Familiennamen im badischen Oberland. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1918. Print.
  10. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  11. ...

The Schmitz Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Schmitz 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 23 April 2014 at 13:59.

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