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Where did the German Schendel family come from? What is the German Schendel family crest and coat of arms? When did the Schendel family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Schendel family history?

The name Schendel was born in the beautiful region of Bohemia, which is now part of Czechoslavakia. In the Middle Ages, Bohemia was a part of the Holy Roman Empire, which was characterized by the Feudal System. Before this era, people were known only by a single name. However, as the population increased and travelers set out on their journeys, it became necessary for people to adopt a second name to identify themselves. Many people, such as the Schendel family, adopted the name of their feudal 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 Schendel was an occupational name for a roofer. The name Schendel is derived from the Old German word "schindel," which means "shingle" or "small pebbles."

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Schindler, Schindlers, Schindel, Schindelin and many more.

First found in Bohemia, where the name emerged in mediaeval times as one of the notable families of the region. From the 13th century the surname was identified with the major political changes which made this territory a landmark contributor to the development of the nation.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Schendel research. Another 307 words(22 lines of text) covering the years 1704, 1795, 1816, and 1864 are included under the topic Early Schendel History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 69 words(5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Schendel Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Jost Schindler, who came to Philadelphia County in 1734; Conrad Schindler arrived in Philadelphia in 1752; as well as Andreas Schindler in 1754; and Michael Schindel in 1755. Franz Schindle arrived in Texas in 1860.

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  • Tim Schendel (b. 1979), American stock car racing driver
  • Mira Schendel (1919-1988), Swiss-born, Brazilian artist best known for her drawings on rice paper


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The Schendel Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Schendel 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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