Schirmer History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The German surname Schirmer emerged in the lands that formed the powerful German state of Prussia, which at one time was an immense German territory that stretched from France and the Low Countries to the Baltic sea and Poland. After the fall of the Roman Empire, the German territories were inhabited by a variety of Barbarian tribes. The borders of the Barbarian kingdoms changed frequently, but the region that became known as Prussia was roughly divided between the areas of Brandenburg-Prussia, West Prussia, and East Prussia. Brandenburg-Prussia was essentially the birthplace of modern Germany. By the 19th century, Brandenburg-Prussia had incorporated East Prussia, West Prussia and many other German territories. Moreover, in the late 19th century, it led the German states in German Unification.

Early Origins of the Schirmer family

The surname Schirmer was first found in Prussia, where this family name became a prominent contributor to the development of the many regions within Prussia in the Middle Ages. Always prominent in social affairs, the name became an integral part of that turbulent region as it emerged to form alliances with other families within the Feudal System and the Prussian nation.

Early History of the Schirmer family

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Schirmer Spelling Variations

One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Schirmer include Schirrmann, Schirmann, Schirrman, Schuermann, Schurmann, Schurman, Scherman, Sherman (English), Schirmer and many more.

Early Notables of the Schirmer family (pre 1700)

Notable figures of the time with the name Schirmer were David Schirmer (1623-1686), a German lyric poet and librarian, who also used the pseudonyms Der Bestimmende, Der Beschirmende and DiSander; Gustav Schirmer (1829-1893), who founded the publishing firm...
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Schirmer Ranking

In the United States, the name Schirmer is the 13,930th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

United States Schirmer migration to the United States +

Since medieval times, the state of Prussia has played an important part in the history of Germany. The state's military powers were historically very strong, and endured until after the Second World War, when the territory was broken up and divided between the Soviet Union, Poland, East Germany and West Germany. A spurt of migration followed, with some Prussians going elsewhere in Europe and many others crossing the ocean to North America. Most entered the United States through Philadelphia. Some remained there, while more moved on to the states of Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Others traveled to Canada and settled Ontario and the prairie provinces. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Schirmer or a variant listed above:

Schirmer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Peter Schirmer, who settled in Philadelphia in 1750
  • Peter Schirmer, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1750 [2]
  • Georg Jacob Schirmer, who settled in Philadelphia in 1751
  • Georg Jacob Schirmer, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1751 [2]
  • Ernst Schirmer, who landed in America in 1778 [2]
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Schirmer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Therese Schirmer, who arrived in America in 1839 [2]
  • Maria Schirmer, who landed in Galveston, Tex in 1845 [2]
  • Marie Schirmer went to Texas in 1845
  • Andreas Schirmer, who arrived in Texas in 1846 [2]
  • Friedricke Andreas Schirmer, who immigrated to Texas in 1846
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Canada Schirmer migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Schirmer Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Philippe Schirmer, who landed in Red River, Canada in 1821
  • Friedrich Schirmer, who arrived in Quebec in 1850

Contemporary Notables of the name Schirmer (post 1700) +

  • M. E. Schirmer, American politician, Mayor of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, 1968-74 [3]
  • Rolf Heiner Schirmer (1942-2016), German physician and biochemist
  • Ulf Schirmer (b. 1959), German conductor
  • Rudolf Schirmer (1831-1896), German ophthalmologist
  • Otto Schirmer (1864-1918), German ophthalmologist, eponym of Schirmer's test
  • Heinrich Ernst Schirmer (1814-1887), Norwegian-German architect
  • Friedrich Wilhelm Schirmer (1802-1866), German painter
  • Johann Wilhelm Schirmer (1807-1863), German painter
  • Hans Heinrich Theodor Schirmer (b. 1911), German Ambassador to Australia (1966-68) and to Austria (1970-74)
  • Markus Schirmer (b. 1963), Austrian pianist
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  • Richard Schirmer (1922-1941), German Maschinengefreiter who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [4]

The Schirmer 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: Felix sua sorte contentus
Motto Translation: Happy, contented with his lot

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  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 9) . Retrieved from
  4. ^ Bismarck & Tirpitz Class - Crew List Bismarck. (Retrieved 2018, February 06). Retrieved from on Facebook