The roots of the distinguished German surname Schimpff 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 Schimpff family
The surname Schimpff 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 Schimpff 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 Schimpff family
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Schimpff Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Schimpf, Schimpff, Schempf, Schempff, Schimpfle and many more.
Early Notables of the Schimpff family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Schimpff family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Schimpff Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Matheis Schimpff, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1751 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Contemporary Notables of the name Schimpff (post 1700)
- Rosalind Amelia Schimpff (b. 1905), American chemist and author
- Thierry Jacques Schimpff (b. 1947), French journalist
The Schimpff 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