The origins the old family name Goldshmidt 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
surnames also emerged during the late Middle Ages. Many people, such as the Goldshmidt 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 Goldshmidt was an occupational name for a goldsmith.
Early Origins of the Goldshmidt family
The surname Goldshmidt 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.
Early History of the Goldshmidt family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Goldshmidt 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 Goldshmidt History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Goldshmidt 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 Goldshmidt include Goldschmidt, Goldschmid, Goldshmid, Goldshmidt, Goldshmitt, Goldschmitt, Goldsmid and many more.
Early Notables of the Goldshmidt family (pre 1700)
During this period prominent bearers of the name Goldshmidt 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 Goldshmidt Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Goldshmidt family to the New World and Oceana
After the First World War, Austria
became a republic. 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 America. 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 Goldshmidt were 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..