Shutte History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The bountiful region surrounding the Rhine river is the birthplace of the name Shutte. A single name was, at one time, all that people needed. However, increasing ease of travel and the burgeoning populations forced people to adopt a hereditary surname to set themselves apart from others. A common form of surname created in the Rhineland was the local name. Originally denoting the proprietorship of the village or estate, the German preposition von, which means from or of, was used with local names. The surname Shutte was given to someone who lived in the region of Schuetz in various areas of Germany.
Early Origins of the Shutte family
The surname Shutte was first found in the Rhineland valley, where this old family name became a prominent contributor to the development of the district from ancient times. Numerous family members bearing this name were prominent in social affairs. The family, as it spread throughout Germany, played a fundamental role in many regions as they emerged to form alliances with other families within the Feudal System. Chronicles first mention Johann Scuette of Luebeck in 1319 and Woelfel Schuetze of Eger in 1320.
Important Dates for the Shutte family
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Shutte 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 Shutte include Schuetze, Schuett, Schuette, Schuetzmann and others.
Early Notables of the Shutte family (pre 1700)
Notables with the name Shutte during this period were Katharina Zell née Schütz (1497-1562), German Protestant writer during the Reformation; Caspar Schütz (c. 1540-1594), German historian, Professor of Poetry at the University of Königsberg from 1562 to 1565; Heinrich Schütz (1585-1672), the outstanding German composer of the 17th century, who wrote...
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Shutte migration to the United States
The great European flow of migration to North America, which began in the middle of the 17th century and continued into the 20th century, was particularly attractive to those from the Rhineland who wished to escape either poverty or religious persecution. Many of those who left the Rhineland to seek their fortunes in the prosperous and free New World settled in the major urban centers of the United States and Canada. In the United States, the settlers from the Rhineland passed through immigration centers like that of Ellis Island, most of them moving on to Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, and New York. In Canada, the majority of Rhinelanders settled in Ontario and the prairie provinces. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has revealed many important settlers to North America bearing the name Shutte, or one of its variants above:
Typical Shutte Emigration from the United Kingdom to North America
Shutte Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Carl Shutte, who arrived in Texas in 1858 
- John Shutte, who landed in Nevada in 1864 
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