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 Shramm. 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, which is essentially the birthplace of modern Germany
, provides a glimpse at the oldest origins of the Shramm family.
Early Origins of the Shramm family
The surname Shramm was first found in Prussia
, where this family name became a prominent contributor to the development of the district from ancient times. Always prominent in social affairs, the name became an integral part of these regions which were settled by many German tribes. They emerged to form alliances with other families within the feudal
Early History of the Shramm family
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Shramm 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 Shramm include Schramme, Schram, Schramke (southern Germany) and many more.
Early Notables of the Shramm family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Shramm family to the New World and Oceana
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 Shramms to arrive in North America, and among them were: Henrich Schramm, who arrived in New York in 1709-1710; Joerg Jacob Schramm came to Philadelphia in 1753; as did Georg Simon Schramm who came in 1751. Johann Schramm came to Winterhill, Massachusetts in 1777.
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