Schlecht History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The origin of this name is somewhat uncertain; it almost certainly comes from the Old High German word "sleht," but this word has two different meanings. The first is "direct or natural," so the name may have originated as a nickname for someone who was straightforward in his manner. The other meaning is "flat," and there are several areas around Germany named for the word, so the name may have been given to a man from any of these places.

Early Origins of the Schlecht family

The surname Schlecht was first found in Austria, where the name Schlecht became noted for its many branches in the region, each house acquiring a status and influence which was envied by the princes of the region. In their later history, bearers of the name became a power unto themselves and were elevated to the ranks of nobility as they grew into this most influential family. The origin of this name is somewhat uncertain; it almost certainly comes from the Old High German word "sleht," but this word has two different meanings. The first is "direct or natural," so the name may have originated as a nickname for someone who was straightforward in his manner. The other meaning is "flat," and there are several areas around Germany named for the word, so the name may have been given to a man from any of these places.

Early History of the Schlecht family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Schlecht research. Another 95 words (7 lines of text) covering the year 1387 is included under the topic Early Schlecht History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Schlecht Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Schlicht, Schlecht, Schlichte, Schlichter, Schlichtmann, Schliche and many more.

Early Notables of the Schlecht family (pre 1700)

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United States Schlecht migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Schlecht Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Charles Schlecht, aged 30, who landed in New York in 1854 [1]
  • Gottfd Schlecht, aged 23, who landed in New York in 1854 [1]
  • Fritz Schlecht, who arrived in Texas in 1866 [1]
  • Adam Schlecht, aged 21, who arrived in New York, NY in 1894 [1]
  • Christiana Schlecht, aged 2, who arrived in New York, NY in 1894 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Schlecht (post 1700) +

  • Julia Schlecht (b. 1980), German two-time bronze medalist female volleyball player in 2002 and 2003
  • Martin Schlecht (b. 1976), German cinematographer, known for his work on Reality XL (2012), Aslan (2016) and The Big Black (2011)
  • Hans Schlecht (b. 1948), Austrian gold medalist slalom canoeist in the K-1 team event at the 1971 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships


  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)


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