Messerschmidt History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The origins the old family name Messerschmidt 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 form of a hereditary surname in Germany, occupational surnames also emerged during the late Middle Ages. Many people, such as the Messerschmidt 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 Messerschmidt was an occupational name for a knife maker. Further research revealed that the name is derived from the Old German word messer, meaning knife, and is often attached to the word schmidt, meaning smith or craftsman.

Early Origins of the Messerschmidt family

The surname Messerschmidt was first found in Austria, where this family became a prominent contributor to the development of the district from ancient times. Chronicles first mention Niklaus Messer of Freiburg in 1369, Peter Messersmidel of Iglau in 1385, and Johann Melczer der Messer of Breslau in 1370. Always prominent in social affairs, the name became an integral part of that turbulent region as it emerged to form alliances with other families within the Feudal System and the nation.

Important Dates for the Messerschmidt family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Messerschmidt research. Another 130 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1835, 1685, 1735 and 1835 are included under the topic Early Messerschmidt History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Messerschmidt 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 Messerschmidt include Messer, Messen, Messe, Messa, Meser, Messerer, Messerschmidt, Messerschmitt, Messerschmied, Messerle, Messerli, Messerlee, Messerly and many more.

Early Notables of the Messerschmidt family (pre 1700)

During this period prominent bearers of the name Messerschmidt were Daniel Gottlieb Messerschmidt (1685-1735), a German physician, naturalist and geographer; Lord Messerschmidt, the Lord of Wittbeck and...
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Messerschmidt migration to the United States

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 Messerschmidt were

Messerschmidt Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Rudolff Messerschmidt, who arrived in Philadelphia 1730
  • Andreas Messerschmidt, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1751 [1]
  • Hans Bernhardt Messerschmidt, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1751 [1]
  • Henrich Messerschmidt, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1754 [1]
Messerschmidt Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Johann Messerschmidt, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1801 [1]
  • Friedk Messerschmidt, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1803 [1]
  • Catharina Messerschmidt, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1804 [1]
  • Friederich Benfer Messerschmidt, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1804 [1]
  • Henry Messerschmidt, who landed in Indiana in 1852 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Messerschmidt (post 1700)

  • Sergeant Harold O Messerschmidt, American soldier awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1944

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Citations

  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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