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The German state of Prussia, which reached the zenith of its power in the late 19th century, is the glorious birthplace of the distinguished surname Schatzl. In the medieval era, after the fall of the Roman Empire, the German lands were inhabited by a variety of barbarian tribes. The borders of the barbarian kingdoms changed frequently, but the region that became known in Prussia was roughly divided between the areas of Brandenburg-Prussia, West Prussia, and East Prussia. The colorful history of Brandenburg-Prussia, provides a glimpse at the oldest origins of the Schatzl family.
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 Schatzl include Schaeztel, Schatz, Schatzel, Schatzl, Schatze, Schaetze, Schaetzle and many more.
First found in Brandenburg, where the name could be considered to have made an early contribution to the feudal society which became the backbone of early development of Europe. Chronicles first mention the names Schacz, Scheczel, and Scheczler in Breslau in 1350. The name became prominent in local affairs and branched into many houses which played important roles in the local power struggles, each group seeking power and status in an ever changing territorial profile.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Schatzl research. Another 403 words (29 lines of text) covering the years 1780, 1470, 1665, 1821 and 1780 are included under the topic Early Schatzl History in all our PDF Extended History products.
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Much of German history has been shaped by the state of Prussia. It was an enduring military power until after the Second World War. At that time, the state was abolished altogether and its land divided between the Soviet Union, Poland, East Germany and West Germany. While some Prussians were content to remain in those countries, others moved away, many of them migrating to North America. They entered the United States mostly through Philadelphia, moving on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Others went to Canada, settling on the prairies and in the province of Ontario. Among those of this surname listed in various historical records were: Johann Dieterich Schatz, came to New York City in 1710 at the age of 38; Heinrich Schatz arrived in Philadelphia in 1748 as did David Schatz in 1743 and Hans Schatz in 1753. Xaver Schaetzle came to Philadelphia in 1857..
The Schatzl Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Schatzl 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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