Schimpf History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The roots of the distinguished German surname Schimpf lie in North Germany. The name is derived from the Middle High German word "schimpf," meaning "joke" or "play." It is likely that the name was first bestowed on someone who was given to joking and playing tricks as a nickname, eventually becoming a hereditary surname.

Early Origins of the Schimpf family

The surname Schimpf was first found in the Oberrheins region, where the name is thought to have first emerged. The earliest known bearer of the name was Wernher Schimpf, who was a sexton in Neuenburg in 1371. The young Schimpf family played a crucial role in the development of the medieval society of the region. In later years, the name branched into many houses, each playing a significant role in the local social and political affairs.

Early History of the Schimpf family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Schimpf research. Another 134 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1371, 1658, 1694, 1746, 1747, 1801, 1808, and 1809 are included under the topic Early Schimpf History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Schimpf Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Schimpf, Schimpff, Schempf, Schempff, Schimpfle and many more.

Early Notables of the Schimpf family (pre 1700)

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United States Schimpf migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Schimpf Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Johannes Schimpf, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1749 [1]
  • Melchior Schimpf, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1754 [1]
  • Friederich Schimpf, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1754 [1]
Schimpf Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Erdmann Schimpf, who landed in New York, NY in 1852 [1]
  • Elis Schimpf, who arrived in America in 1854 [1]
  • Ad Schimpf, aged 26, who arrived in America in 1854 [1]
  • Andrew Schimpf, aged 31, who landed in Alabama in 1855 [1]
  • Jacob Schimpf, who landed in St Clair County, III in 1866 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Schimpf Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Bernhard Schimpf, aged 24, who immigrated to the United States from Niederwizsel, in 1902
  • August Schimpf, aged 49, who settled in America, in 1906
  • Balazs Schimpf, aged 44, who landed in America, in 1906
  • Amalie Schimpf, aged 21, who landed in America from Dobrinka, Russia, in 1911
  • Anna Schimpf, aged 24, who landed in America from Hamburg, Germany, in 1913
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Schimpf (post 1700) +

  • Henry William Schimpf (b. 1868), prominent American scientist and professor
  • Maximillian Schimpf, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for New York State Assembly from Kings County 8th District, 1900, 1901, 1902; Prohibition Candidate for New York State Senate 3rd District, 1908 [2]
  • Richard Schimpf (1897-1972), German Generalleutnant in the Fallschirmjäger during World War II, recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
  • Rolf Schimpf (b. 1924), German television actor


The Schimpf Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Pectus facit nobilem
Motto Translation: The heart is noble


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 9) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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