Schoonhoven History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The Schoonhoven surname is derived from the Upper German word "schöne," which means "beautiful."
Early Origins of the Schoonhoven family
The surname Schoonhoven 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 Schoonhoven family
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Schoonhoven Spelling Variations
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 Schoonhoven include Schoen, Schoene, Schon, Schone, Schoenemann, Shoneman, Schoeneman and many more.
Early Notables of the Schoonhoven family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Schoonhoven family
The state of Prussia was a great influence on the shape of modern Germany. After the Second World War, Prussia's land was divided among the Soviet Union, Poland, East Germany and West Germany and the state was abolished. Some Prussians remained in those countries after the war, while many others migrated to North America in search of a new start. Philadelphia was their primary point of entry to the United States, after which many of them moved on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. A large number of Prussians also migrated to Ontario and the prairie provinces as United Empire Loyalists. Analysis of immigration records has shown some of the first Schoonhovens to arrive in North America, and among them were: Maria Cathrina Schoen, age 38, a Palatine emigrant who arrived in England in 1709 with her four children, perhaps on route to America; Georg Schon, whose Oath of Allegiance was recorded in Pennsylvania in 1744.
Contemporary Notables of the name Schoonhoven (post 1700)
- William H. Van Schoonhoven, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Rensselaer County, 1840-41, 1845; Member of New York State Senate, 1846-47, 1852-53 
- Jacobus Van Schoonhoven (1744-1814), American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Albany County, 1785-86, 1790-91; Member of New York State Senate, 1793-1805 
- Guert Van Schoonhoven, American politician, Member of New York State Senate Eastern District, 1814-15. Interment somewhere in Waterford, New York 
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