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

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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 Schmidt include Schmidt (northern Germany), Schmid (southern Germany), Schmitz (Rhineland), Schmied, Schmitt, Smith (English) and many more.

First found in the northern provinces that were later to make up Prussia, where the name emerged in mediaeval times as one of the notable families of the region.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Schmidt research. Another 361 words (26 lines of text) covering the years 1537, 1564, 1618, 1630, 1648, 1708, 1752, 1764, 1766, 1768, 1787, 1815, 1817, 1837, 1838, 1849, 1853, 1854, 1875, 1876, and 1880 are included under the topic Early Schmidt History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 122 words (9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Schmidt Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Since medieval times, the state of Prussia has played an important part in the history of Germany. The state's military powers were historically very strong, and endured until after the Second World War, when the territory was broken up and divided between the Soviet Union, Poland, East Germany and West Germany. A spurt of migration followed, with some Prussians going elsewhere in Europe and many others crossing the ocean to North America. Most entered the United States through Philadelphia. Some remained there, while more moved on to the states of Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Others traveled to Canada and settled Ontario and the prairie provinces. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Schmidt or a variant listed above:

Schmidt Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Johannes Schmidt came to Germantown, Pennsylvania between 1683 and 1709

Schmidt Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Arnd Schmidt emigrated with his family to England or America in 1709
  • Zacharias Schmidt, who arrived in New York in 1709-1710
  • Ulrich Schmidt, who arrived in New York, NY in 1710
  • Valentin Schmidt, who landed in New York, NY in 1710
  • Anna Maria Schmidt, who came to New York State in 1710


Schmidt Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Sarah Schmidt, aged 3, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1800
  • Anthony Schmidt, aged 19, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1804
  • Anna Eliz Schmidt, aged 42, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1804
  • Anna Cathar Schmidt, who landed in North America in 1832-1849
  • Philip Peter Schmidt, who landed in New York, NY in 1832


Schmidt Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Alexander Schmidt, aged 3, arrived in New York, NY in 1901
  • August L Schmidt, who arrived in America in 1907

Schmidt Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Heinrich Schmidt arrived in Canada in 1783

Schmidt Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • W G Schmidt, who arrived in Quebec in 1850
  • A Schmidt, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1855
  • Apolina Schmidt, aged 26, landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1855
  • Abraham Schmidt, who landed in Manitoba in 1879

Schmidt Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century


  • Regina Schmidt, aged 25, arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1902

Schmidt Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • August Schmidt arrived in Port Misery aboard the ship "Duchess of Northumberland" in 1839
  • Franz Schmidt, aged 49, arrived in South Australia in 1847 aboard the ship "Hermann von Beckerath"
  • Frederich Schmidt, aged 19, arrived in South Australia in 1847 aboard the ship "Hermann von Beckerath"

Schmidt Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • John Schmidt, aged 58, a painter, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Slains Castle" in 1841
  • Sarah Schmidt, aged 24, a sempstress, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Slains Castle" in 1841
  • Mary Schmidt, aged 22, a sempstress, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Slains Castle" in 1841
  • Martha Schmidt, aged 20, a sempstress, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Slains Castle" in 1841
  • John Schmidt landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1844


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  • William T. Schmidt, American Republican politician, Mayor of Scranton, Pennsylvania, 1962; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1964
  • William C. Schmidt, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Essex County, 1898
  • William A. Schmidt, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1964
  • William A. Schmidt, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin, 1956; Candidate for Wisconsin State Senate 33rd District, 1962
  • William A. Schmidt (b. 1902), American Democrat politician, Member of Wisconsin State Senate 6th District, 1949-56
  • William A. Schmidt, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 7th District, 1904, 1906
  • William Schmidt, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 2008
  • William Schmidt, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1924
  • Wayne A. Schmidt, American Republican politician, Member of Michigan State House of Representatives 104th District; Elected 2012
  • Wayne Schmidt, American Republican politician, Chair of Poinsett County Republican Party, 2003

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  • Descendants of John Schmidt and Magdalena Kopfenstein by Bertha Louise Schmidt Krause.
  • Johan Schmidt and Six Generations of his Descendants, 1850 to 1987 by Damon Purinton.
  • Sixteen Maryland Families by Richard Gary Schmidt.
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The Schmidt Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Schmidt 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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