Goldschmid History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The origins the old family name Goldschmid can be found within medieval Austria. While the patronymic and metronymic surnames, which are derived from the name of the father and mother respectively, are the most common forms of a hereditary surnames in Germany, occupational surnames also emerged during the late Middle Ages. Many people, such as the Goldschmid family, adopted the name of their occupation as their surname. However, an occupational name did not become a hereditary surname until the office or type of employment became hereditary. The surname Goldschmid was an occupational name for a goldsmith.

Early Origins of the Goldschmid family

The surname Goldschmid was first found in Austria, 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 that alpine land as it emerged to form alliances with other families within the Feudal System and the nation.

Important Dates for the Goldschmid family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Goldschmid research. Another 126 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1783, 1793, 1802, 1825, 1862, 1866, and 1878 are included under the topic Early Goldschmid History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Goldschmid 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 Goldschmid include Goldschmidt, Goldschmid, Goldshmid, Goldshmidt, Goldshmitt, Goldschmitt, Goldsmid and many more.

Early Notables of the Goldschmid family (pre 1700)

During this period prominent bearers of the name Goldschmid were Hermann Goldschmidt (1802-1866) astronomer and painter; Richard Goldschmidt (1878-1958), wrote on hereditary theories. Henriette Goldschmidt (1825-1920) was a feminist educator and advocator...
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Migration of the Goldschmid family

Austria was made a republic after the First World War. The Austro-Hungarian Empire was broken up by the Treaty of Versailles and many of its people found themselves in the new nation of Czechoslovakia. Many other Austrians and expatriate Austrians made their way to North America in the 20th century. Most landed in Philadelphia, later continuing on to the states of Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Some Austrian settlers also went to western Canada and Ontario. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Goldschmid or a variant listed above: Johann Goldschmidt, who arrived in America in 1778; Bernhard Goldschmidt came to New York city in 1852; and Hermann Goldschmidt came to Philadelphia in 1876..

Contemporary Notables of the name Goldschmid (post 1700)

  • Harvey Jerome Goldschmid (1940-2015), American Dwight Professor of Law at Columbia Law School, SEC commissioner

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