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

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.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Schachtschneider, Schexnayder, Schaxnayder, Schattschneider, Schatzschneider, Scachtsnider, Scachtsnidere, Schechtschneider, Schettschneider and many more.

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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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.

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More information is included under the topic Early Schexnayder 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: Ottilie Schachtschneider and her son Wilhelm, who sailed from Hamburg to Québec on the ship Liebig in 1868.

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  • Calvin "Shakes" Schexnayder (b. 1969), American AFL football wide receiver who played from 1994 to 2006
  • Clay John Schexnayder (b. 1969), American businessman and politician, Member of the Louisiana House of Representatives (2012-)
  • Maurice Schexnayder (1895-1981), American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church, Bishop of Lafayette, Louisiana from 1956 to 1972


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