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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.

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

First found in Austria, where the name Schly 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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Schly research. Another 232 words (17 lines of text) covering the year 1387 is included under the topic Early Schly History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Schly 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: Gent Schlicht, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1791 and Cristian Schlichting, who arrived there in 1793.

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