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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.

Schexnayder Early Origins



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.

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Schexnayder Spelling Variations


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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.

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Schexnayder Early History


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Schexnayder Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Schexnayder research. Another 179 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1262, 1327, and 1402 are included under the topic Early Schexnayder History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Schexnayder Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Schexnayder Early Notables (pre 1700)



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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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.

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Contemporary Notables of the name Schexnayder (post 1700)


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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 Democrat politician, Presidential Elector for Arkansas, 1992; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Arkansas, 1996 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 9) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html

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