Schexnayder History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The roots of the German surname Schexnayder lie in the northern region of Schleswig-Holstein. The name is derived from two Low German words, "schat," meaning "handle," and "schneider," meaning "to cut." Thus, the name was most likely originally borne by someone who cut the shafts for spears or tools.
Early Origins of the Schexnayder family
The surname Schexnayder was first found in Schleswig-Holstein, where the name first emerged. The earliest known bearer of the name was Herman Scachtsnidere, who was living in Hamburg in 1262. The young Schexnayder family was instrumental during this early period, playing a crucial role in the development of the society of Schleswig-Holstein.
Early History of the Schexnayder family
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Schexnayder Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Schachtschneider, Schexnayder, Schaxnayder, Schattschneider, Schatzschneider, Scachtsnider, Scachtsnidere, Schechtschneider, Schettschneider and many more.
Early Notables of the Schexnayder family (pre 1700)
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In the United States, the name Schexnayder is the 7,129th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. 
Migration of the Schexnayder family
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Ottilie Schachtschneider and her son Wilhelm, who sailed from Hamburg to Québec on the ship Liebig in 1868.
Contemporary Notables of the name Schexnayder (post 1700) +
- Maurice Schexnayder (1895-1981), American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church, Bishop of Lafayette, Louisiana from 1956 to 1972
- Clay John Schexnayder (b. 1969), American businessman and politician, Member of the Louisiana House of Representatives (2012-)
- Calvin "Shakes" Schexnayder (b. 1969), American AFL football wide receiver who played from 1994 to 2006
- Charlotte T. Schexnayder, American Democratic Party politician, Presidential Elector for Arkansas, 1992; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Arkansas, 1996 
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