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The origins the old family name Goldschmidt 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 Goldschmidt 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 Goldschmidt was an occupational name for a goldsmith.

Goldschmidt Early Origins



The surname Goldschmidt 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.

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Goldschmidt Spelling Variations


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

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Goldschmidt Early History


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Goldschmidt Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Goldschmidt research. Another 263 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1783, 1793, 1802, 1825, 1862, 1866, and 1878 are included under the topic Early Goldschmidt History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Goldschmidt Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Goldschmidt Early Notables (pre 1700)



During this period prominent bearers of the name Goldschmidt 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...

Another 32 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Goldschmidt Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



After the First World War, Austria became a republi c. The Treaty of Versailles broke up the empire in 1919 and many of the Sudeten Germans were incorporated into the new nation of Czechoslovakia. In the 20th century, many Austrians migrated to other parts of Germany or Europe, as well as to North Ameri ca. In the United States, the majority of settlers landed in Philadelphia, and moved on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Many German settlers also migrated to Canada, particularly Ontario and the Prairies. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Goldschmidt were

Goldschmidt Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Johann Goldschmidt, who arrived in America in 1778
  • Johann Goldschmidt, who arrived in America in 1782

Goldschmidt Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Alex Goldschmidt, who arrived in North America in 1832-1849
  • Hauss Goldschmidt, aged 15, landed in New York, NY in 1847
  • Ma Goldschmidt, aged 30, landed in New York, NY in 1847
  • Heinr Goldschmidt, aged 52, arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1848
  • Hermann Goldschmidt, aged 26, arrived in New York, NY in 1848
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Goldschmidt (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Goldschmidt (post 1700)



  • Neil Goldschmidt (b. 1940), American politician, Mayor of Portland, Oregon, 1973-79; U.S. Secretary of Transportation, 1979-81; Governor of Oregon, 1987-91
  • Louis Goldschmidt, American politician, U.S. Consul in La Guaira, 1898-1904; Nantes, 1905
  • Julius Goldschmidt, American politician, Presidential Elector for Wisconsin, 1888
  • Richard Benedikt Goldschmidt (1878-1958), German-born, American geneticist
  • Berthold Goldschmidt (b. 1903), popular conductor of German, British, and French orchestras
  • Hans Wilhelm Goldschmidt (1861-1923), German chemist developed the "Goldschmidt reaction"
  • Rudolf Goldschmidt (1876-1950), German engineer and inventor who co-developed with Albert Einstein the first hearing aid
  • Neil Edward Goldschmidt (b. 1940), American politician, elected governor of Oregon in 1987
  • Victor Mordechai Goldschmidt (1853-1933), mineralogist who created a method of naming crystals
  • Victor Moritz Goldschmidt (1888-1947), American geochemist
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Goldschmidt Historic Events


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Goldschmidt Historic Events




RMS Titanic

  • Mr. George B. Goldschmidt (d. 1912), aged 71, American First Class passenger from New York City, New York who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking

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    Other References

    1. Gritzner, M. Handbuch der heraldischen Terminologie in zwölf Zungen. Nürnberg: 1890. Print.
    2. Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. Print.
    3. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    4. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    5. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    6. Strassburger, Ralph B. German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
    7. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    8. Hildenbrand, A.M. Wappenfibel. Handbuch der Heraldik. Neustadt an der Aisch: 1970. Print.
    9. Jones, Henry Z. Palatine Families of New York 2 Volumes. Rockland, ME: Picton Press, 2001. Print. (ISBN 978-0961388829).
    10. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmachers Wappenbuch. München, Battenberg: 1975. Print.
    11. ...

    The Goldschmidt Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Goldschmidt Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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