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Medieval Austria is the ancient homeland of the Schiff family. Austria, which was originally home to a Celtic people, was conquered by the Roman Empire in about 15 BC. Following the fall of Rome, Austria was repeatedly invaded by barbarian tribes, such as the Vandals, Visigoths, and Huns, who swept in from the east. During the 5th and 6th centuries, the Alemanni, Avars and Slavs settled Austria. The Avars were defeated in 785 by the Frankish emperor Charlemagne, who set up the East Mark, which later became known as the Österreich. Austria was ruled by the Babenburger dynasty until 1278, when they were succeeded by the Hapsburg dynasty, which ruled Austria until the 20th century.
Early Origins of the Schiff family
The surname Schiff was first found in Austria, where the name could be considered to make a great early contribution to the feudal society which became the backbone of early development of Europe. The name became prominent in Austrian affairs and branched into many houses which played important roles in the savage tribal and national conflicts, each group seeking power and status in an ever changing territorial profile.
Important Dates for the Schiff family
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Schiff Spelling Variations
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 Schiff include Schiff, Schiffner, Schifer, Schiffs, Schiffe and many more.
Early Notables of the Schiff family (pre 1700)
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Schiff migration to the United States
After the First World War, Austria became a republic. The Treaty of Versailles broke up the empire in 1919 and many of the Sudeten Germans were incorporated into the new nation of Czechoslovakia. In the 20th century, many Austrians migrated to other parts of Germany or Europe, as well as to North America. In the United States, the majority of settlers landed in Philadelphia, and moved on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Many German settlers also migrated to Canada, particularly Ontario and the Prairies. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Schiff were
Typical Schiff Emigration from the United Kingdom to North America
Schiff Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Hans Schiff, who settled in Philadelphia in 1751
- Hans Schiff, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1751 
- Michael Schiff, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1764 
- Georg Schiff, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1765 
- George Schiff, who settled in Philadelphia in 1765
Schiff Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Senf Mois Schiff, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1803 
- Joseph Schiff, who arrived in New York, NY in 1846 
- Bertha Schiff, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 
- Gerson Schiff, who landed in New York, NY in 1850 
- John Schiff, who landed in Ohio in 1869 
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Schiff Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Ben H Schiff, who arrived in Arkansas in 1902 
Contemporary Notables of the name Schiff (post 1700)
- Irwin Allan Schiff (1928-2015), American tax protester, father of investor and former United States Senate candidate Peter Schiff
- Stephen Schiff, American screenwriter and journalist, Pulitzer Prize finalist
- John Mortimer Schiff (1904-1987), American banker and President of the Boy Scouts of America (1951-1956)
- Mortimer Loeb Schiff (1877-1931), American banker, father of John Mortimer Schiff and Dorothy Schiff
- Dorothy Schiff (1903-1989), American businesswoman, owner and later publisher of the New York Post
- Steven Harvey Schiff (1947-1998), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New Mexico (1989-1998)
- Leonard Isaac Schiff (1915-1971), American physicist who entered Ohio State University at age 14, best known for his book Quantum Mechanics
- Adam Bennett Schiff (b. 1960), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from California (2003-2013)
- Richard Schiff (b. 1955), American Emmy Award winning actor, best known for his role as Toby Ziegler on the NBC television drama The West Wing
- Jacob Henry Schiff (1847-1920), American banker, businessman, and philanthropist
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- ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)