The bountiful region surrounding the Rhine river is the birthplace of the name Shütze. 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 Shütze was given to someone who lived in the region of Schuetz in various areas of Germany.
Early Origins of the Shütze family
The surname Shütze 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 Shütze family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Shütze research.Another 499 words (36 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 Shütze History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Shütze 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 Shütze include Schuetze, Schuett, Schuette, Schuetzmann and others.
Early Notables of the Shütze family (pre 1700)
Notables with the name Shütze 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... Another 50 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Shütze Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Shütze family to the New World and Oceana
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 Shütze, or one of its variants above: John Schuetz, who arrived in England
or America in 1709 at the age of 46 with his wife and four daughters. Leopold Schuetz came to Canada at the age of 23 in 1783. Many of the Schuetz family emigrated to Texas, among them: Johann Peter Schuetz and Ludwig Schuetz with his wife and two children in 1845.