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

The German state of Prussia, which reached the zenith of its power in the late 19th century, is the glorious birthplace of the distinguished surname Shitz. In the medieval era, after the fall of the Roman Empire, the German lands were inhabited by a variety of barbarian tribes. The borders of the barbarian kingdoms changed frequently, but the region that became known in Prussia was roughly divided between the areas of Brandenburg-Prussia, West Prussia, and East Prussia. The colorful history of Brandenburg-Prussia, provides a glimpse at the oldest origins of the Shitz family.

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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 Shitz include Schaeztel, Schatz, Schatzel, Schatzl, Schatze, Schaetze, Schaetzle and many more.

First found in Brandenburg, where the name could be considered to have made an early contribution to the feudal society which became the backbone of early development of Europe. Chronicles first mention the names Schacz, Scheczel, and Scheczler in Breslau in 1350. The name became prominent in local affairs and branched into many houses which played important roles in the local power struggles, each group seeking power and status in an ever changing territorial profile.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Shitz research. Another 403 words(29 lines of text) covering the years 1780, 1470, 1665, 1821 and 1780 are included under the topic Early Shitz History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 111 words(8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Shitz Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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The state of Prussia was a great influence on the shape of modern Germany. After the Second World War, Prussia's land was divided among the Soviet Union, Poland, East Germany and West Germany and the state was abolished. Some Prussians remained in those countries after the war, while many others migrated to North America in search of a new start. Philadelphia was their primary point of entry to the United States, after which many of them moved on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. A large number of Prussians also migrated to Ontario and the prairie provinces as United Empire Loyalists. Analysis of immigration records has shown some of the first Shitzs to arrive in North America, and among them were:

Shitz Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Mathews Shitz, aged 34, landed in Pennsylvania in 1732
  • Matthias Shitz, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1753
  • Peter Shitz, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1759
  • Tillman Shitz, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1761
  • Tillmar Shitz, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1761


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The Shitz Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Shitz 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 14 May 2013 at 11:00.

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