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The Schon surname is derived from the Upper German word "schöne," which means "beautiful."
Early Origins of the Schon family
The surname Schon was first found in Prussia, where the name came from humble beginnings but gained a significant reputation for its contribution to the emerging society. They became more prominent as many branches of the same house acquired distant estates, always elevating their social status and influence by their great contributions to society.
Important Dates for the Schon family
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Schon Spelling Variations
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 Schon include Schoen, Schoene, Schon, Schone, Schoenemann, Shoneman, Schoeneman and many more.
Early Notables of the Schon family (pre 1700)
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Schon migration to the United States
Prussia played an extremely influential role in shaping modern German history. It remained a part of Germany until after the Second World War. Prussia was divided among the Soviet Union, Poland, East Germany and West Germany. Many Prussians became residents of these new countries after the War, and many 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 to Ontario and the Prairies. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Schon were
Typical Schon Emigration from the United Kingdom to North America
Schon Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Georg Schon, whose Oath of Allegiance was recorded in Pennsylvania in 1744
- Georg Schon, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1744 
Schon Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Benjamin Schon, aged 38, who arrived in America in 1841 
- Karl Friedrich Schon, aged 34, who arrived in America in 1844 
- Karl Schon, aged 24, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1847 
- Daniel Schon, who arrived in America in 1849 
- Georg Phil Schon, who landed in America in 1851 
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Contemporary Notables of the name Schon (post 1700)
- Donald Schon (1930-1997), U.S. thinker
- Neal Schon (b. 1954), American rock guitarist
- Francis E. Schon, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for Michigan State Senate 30th District, 1950 
- Jan Hendrik Schon (b. 1970), German physicist
- Helmut Schon (1915-1996), German footballer
- Baron Frank Schon (b. 1912), born in Vienna and went on to become a leading British industrialist
- Jonas Schon (b. 1969), Swedish ice speed skater
- Ebbe Schon (b. 1929), Swedish writer, literary historian and folklorist
- Christine Schon Marques, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Democrats Abroad, 2000, 2004, 2008; Member of Democratic National Committee from Democrats Abroad, 2004 
Historic Events for the Schon family
- Franz Schön (1921-1941), German Matrosengefreiter who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking 
- Alfred Schön (1919-1941), German Matrosengefreiter who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking 
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