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Where did the German Schreckengast family come from? What is the German Schreckengast family crest and coat of arms? When did the Schreckengast family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Schreckengast family history?
Spelling variations of this family name include: Schreck, Schrock, Schrockhaas and others.
First found in Austria, where the name Schreckengast became noted for its many branches in the region, each house acquiring a status and influence which was envied by the princes of the region. In later years, bearers of the name became a power unto themselves and were elevated to the ranks of nobility as they grew into this most influential family. The name Schreckengast comes from the Middle High German word "schrecken," which means "to leap" or "spring," though it carries the connotation of jumping due to being startled or frightened. Like many surnames, the name probably began as a nickname; perhaps the original bearer of the name was talented at leaping or perhaps he was timid and easily startled or frightened. The nickname stuck, and eventually the person took it as his surname.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Schreckengast research. Another 205 words(15 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Schreckengast History in all our PDF Extended History products.
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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Nicolaus Schreck, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1750 and Hans Schreck, who came there four years later.
The Schreckengast Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Schreckengast 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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