The name Scheetz comes from the Rhineland
, an ancient region of Germany
. In pre-medieval times, the Germans used only one name, but later they were forced by a growing population to adopt hereditary surnames
, so as to remain distinct from others using the same personal (first) name. Local
names derived from place names, were often chosen. They originally indicated land ownership, and frequently carried the prefix von, meaning "of" or "from", which is often taken as an indication of aristocratic lineage. Scheetz was a name for some one lived in the region of Schuetz in various areas of Germany.
Early Origins of the Scheetz family
The surname Scheetz was first found in the Rhineland
valley, where this old family name became a prominent contributor to the development of the district from ancient times. Numerous family members bearing this name were prominent in social affairs. The family, as it spread throughout Germany
, played a fundamental role in many regions as they emerged to form alliances with other families within the Feudal
System. Chronicles first mention Johann Scuette of Luebeck in 1319 and Woelfel Schuetze of Eger in 1320.
Early History of the Scheetz family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Scheetz research.Another 250 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1539, 1756, 1497, 1562, 1540, 1594, 1562, 1565, 1585, 1672, 1640, 1690, 1776 and 1847 are included under the topic Early Scheetz History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Scheetz 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 Scheetz include Schuetze, Schuett, Schuette, Schuetzmann and others.
Early Notables of the Scheetz family (pre 1700)
Notables with the name Scheetz during this period were Katharina Zell née Schütz (1497-1562), German Protestant writer during the Reformation; Caspar Schütz (c.
1540-1594), German historian, Professor of Poetry at the University of Königsberg from 1562 to 1565; Heinrich Schütz (1585-1672), the outstanding German composer of the 17th century, who wrote... Another 50 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Scheetz Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Scheetz family to the New World and Oceana
Between the 17th and 20th centuries, hundreds of thousands of Europeans came to North America, and many Rhinelanders were among them. They had many various reasons for making the choice: to escape poverty and persecution, for adventure, and for the opportunity to own their own land. Ellis Island
, one of the main American immigration centers, saw many settlers as they moved on to the states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, and New York. In Canada, they found homes in Ontario, and on the great plains of the Midwestern provinces. The Scheetz were among of the early German families that came to North America:
Scheetz Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Bertha Scheetz, aged 23, who arrived in America in 1905
- Helen Scheetz, aged 4, who arrived in America in 1905
- Joseph Scheetz, aged 55, who arrived in America from Neubois, Germany, in 1907
- George Scheetz, aged 52, who arrived in Jersey City, N.J., in 1914
- Sara H. Scheetz, aged 27, who arrived in Norristown, Pa., in 1919
Contemporary Notables of the name Scheetz (post 1700)
- Owen Franklin Scheetz (1913-1994), American Major League Baseball pitcher with the Washington Senators in 1943
- Terry R. Scheetz, American politician, former Republican member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives (1983-1994)
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