Schütz History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Schütz comes from the Rhineland, an ancient region of Germany. In pre-medieval times, the Germans used only one name, but later they were forced by a growing population to adopt hereditary surnames; so as to remain distinct from the many others of the same first name. Local names were often chosen. They originally indicated land ownership, and frequently carried the prefix von, meaning "of" or "from," which is often taken as an indication of aristocratic lineage. Schütz was a name for some one lived in the region of Schuetz in various areas of Germany.

Early Origins of the Schütz family

The surname Schütz 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.

Early History of the Schütz family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Schütz research. Another 250 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1539, 1756, 1497, 1562, 1540, 1594, 1562, 1565, 1585, 1672, 1640, 1690, 1776 and 1847 are included under the topic Early Schütz History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Schütz 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 Schütz include Schuetze, Schuett, Schuette, Schuetzmann and others.

Early Notables of the Schütz family (pre 1700)

Notables with the name Schütz 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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United States Schütz migration to the United States +

Between the 17th and 20th centuries, hundreds of thousands of Europeans came to North America, and many Rhinelanders were among them. They had many various reasons for making the choice: to escape poverty and persecution, for adventure, and for the opportunity to own their own land. Ellis Island, one of the main American immigration centers, saw many settlers as they moved on to the states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, and New York. In Canada, they found homes in Ontario, and on the great plains of the Midwestern provinces. The Schütz were among of the early German families that came to North America:

Schütz Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Conrad Schutz, who landed in New York in 1709 [1]
  • Hanss Adam Schutz, who landed in New York in 1709 [1]
  • Catharina Schutz, who arrived in New York, NY in 1710-1714 [1]
  • Catharine Schutz, who landed in New York, NY in 1710 [1]
  • Johan Adam Schutz, who arrived in New York, NY in 1710 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Schütz Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Heinrich Schutz, who arrived in America in 1836 [1]
  • Miss Schutz, who landed in America in 1843 [1]
  • Cuno V Schutz, who arrived in Texas in 1845 [1]
  • Anton Schutz, who landed in America in 1849 [1]
  • Carl Schutz, who arrived in Texas in 1850-1906 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Schütz Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Herman Schutz, who arrived in Wisconsin in 1920 [1]

Canada Schütz migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Schütz Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Barbara Schutz, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1757
  • Catharaina Schutz, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1757
  • George Schutz, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1757
  • Margereta Schutz, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1757
  • Maria Schutz, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1757

Contemporary Notables of the name Schütz (post 1700) +

  • Susan Polis Schutz (b. 1944), American poet
  • Dana Schutz (b. 1976), American painter in New York
  • Donald Frank Schutz (b. 1934), American geologist prominent in the petroleum industry, recipient of an Antarctic Service Medal in 1964
  • Peter W. Schutz (1930-2017), German-born, president and CEO of Porsche between 1981 and 1987; his family fled from the Nazis to Havana, Cuba in 1937 and later emigrated to Chicago in 1939
  • Maurice Schutz (1866-1955), French film actor
  • J.C. Schutz (b. 1976), Swedish singer & composer
  • David Schütz (b. 1941), Israeli fiction writer
  • Alfred Schutz (1899-1959), Austrian philosopher and sociologist
  • Jared Schutz Poli (b. 1975), American entrepreneur, philanthropist, and U.S. Representative


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)


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