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Shatz Surname History



The German state of Prussia, which reached the zenith of its power in the late 19th century, is the glorious birthplace of the distinguished surname Shatz. In the medieval era, after the fall of the Roman Empire, the German lands were inhabited by a variety of barbarian tribes. The borders of the barbarian kingdoms changed frequently, but the region that became known in Prussia was roughly divided between the areas of Brandenburg-Prussia, West Prussia, and East Prussia. The colorful history of Brandenburg-Prussia, provides a glimpse at the oldest origins of the Shatz family.


Early Origins of the Shatz family


The surname Shatz was first found in Brandenburg, where the name could be considered to have made an early contribution to the feudal society which became the backbone of early development of Europe. Chronicles first mention the names Schacz, Scheczel, and Scheczler in Breslau in 1350. The name became prominent in local affairs and branched into many houses which played important roles in the local power struggles, each group seeking power and status in an ever changing territorial profile.

Early History of the Shatz family


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Shatz 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 Shatz include Schaeztel, Schatz, Schatzel, Schatzl, Schatze, Schaetze, Schaetzle and many more.

Early Notables of the Shatz family (pre 1700)


Prominent bearers of the family name Shatz during this time period were Carl Heinrich von Schaetzel (d.1780), Lord of Doeberitz and Verbitz in Havelland, who was a Prussian general and commander of the Garde...
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Migration of the Shatz family to the New World and Oceana


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 Shatz were

Shatz Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Minnie Shatz, aged 40, who emigrated to America, in 1908
  • Rosa Shatz, who landed in America, in 1908
  • Make Shatz, aged 8, who landed in America from Stockport, England, in 1912
  • Ada Shatz, aged 18, who settled in America from Aiwinski, Russia, in 1913
  • Bassie Shatz, aged 17, who landed in America from Tresk, Russia, in 1913
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Contemporary Notables of the name Shatz (post 1700)


  • Carla J. Shatz Ph.D., American neurobiologist
  • Leslie Shatz, American Academy Award nominated sound engineer for his work on the film The Mummy

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