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

The name Shutz comes from the Rhineland, an ancient region of Germany. In pre-medieval times, the Germans used only one name, but later they were forced by a growing population to adopt hereditary surnames, so as to remain distinct from others using the same personal (first) name. Local names derived from place names, were often chosen. They originally indicated land ownership, and frequently carried the prefix von, meaning "of" or "from", which is often taken as an indication of aristocratic lineage. Shutz was a name for some one lived in the region of Schuetz in various areas of Germany.

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Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations of Shutz include Schuetze, Schuett, Schuette, Schuetzmann and others.

First found in the Rhineland valley, where this old family name became a prominent contributor to the development of the district from ancient times. Numerous family members bearing this name were prominent in social affairs. The family, as it spread throughout Germany, played a fundamental role in many regions as they emerged to form alliances with other families within the Feudal System. Chronicles first mention Johann Scuette of Luebeck in 1319 and Woelfel Schuetze of Eger in 1320.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Shutz research. Another 499 words(36 lines of text) covering the years 1539, 1756, 1497, 1562, 1540, 1594, 1562, 1565, 1585, 1672, 1640, 1690, 1776 and 1847 are included under the topic Early Shutz History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 183 words(13 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Shutz Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Between the 17th and 20th centuries, hundreds of thousands of Europeans came to North America, and many Rhinelanders were among them. They had many various reasons for making the choice: to escape poverty and persecution, for adventure, and for the opportunity to own their own land. Ellis Island, one of the main American immigration centers, saw many settlers as they moved on to the states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, and New York. In Canada, they found homes in Ontario, and on the great plains of the Midwestern provinces. The Shutz were among of the early German families that came to North America:

Shutz Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Rudolph Shutz, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1739
  • Philip Shutz, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1743
  • Johannes Shutz, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1743
  • John Conrad Shutz, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1743
  • Conrad Shutz, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1751


Shutz Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Henry Shutz, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1836
  • Jacob Shutz, who arrived in Mississippi in 1843
  • Frederick Shutz, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1856

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