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

The origin of the proud surname Shoemake can be traced to the historic kingdom of Bohemia, which is now part of Czechoslovakia. In the Middle Ages, many of the Bohemian were a part of the Holy Roman Empire, which was characterized by the Feudal System. Before this era, people were known only by a single name. However, as the population increased and travelers set out on their journeys, it became necessary for people to adopt a second name to identify themselves. Many people, such as the Shoemake family, adopted the name of their feudal occupation as their surname. However, an occupational name did not become a hereditary surname until the office or type of employment became hereditary. The surname Shoemake was an occupational name for a cobbler. The name Shoemake is derived from the Old German words "schuoch" and the suffix "mann," which means shoe maker.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Schumann, Schuman, Schuhman, Schuhmann, Schuhermann, Schumacher, Shuhmacher, Schomann (northern Germany), Schomacher (northern Germany), Schomaker (northern Germany) and many more.

First found in the eastern regions of Saxony and Bohemia, where the family was established in ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Shoemake research. Another 266 words(19 lines of text) covering the years 1299, 1474, 1782, 1790, 1810, and 1856 are included under the topic Early Shoemake History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 28 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Shoemake Notables 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: Peter Schumacher, who came to Germantown, Pennsylvania in 1685; with his wife, Sarah Hendericks, and four children. He was the first of many Schumachers to come to Germantown near the end of the 17th century, among others were: Sarah Schumacher with eight children, in 1686.

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  • Gayla Leigh Shoemake (b. 1941), American model, Miss Kansas 1960 and represented Kansas at the Miss America pagent in 1961
  • Kevin Paul Shoemake (b. 1965), English former professional footballer


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The Shoemake Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Shoemake 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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