Schmid History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Schmid family

The surname Schmid was first found in the northern provinces that were later to make up Prussia, where the name emerged in mediaeval times as one of the notable families of the region.

Early History of the Schmid family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Schmid research. Another 237 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1537, 1564, 1618, 1630, 1648, 1708, 1752, 1764, 1766, 1768, 1787, 1815, 1817, 1837, 1838, 1849, 1853, 1854, 1875, 1876, and 1880 are included under the topic Early Schmid History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Schmid Spelling Variations

In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations of the name Schmid include Schmidt (northern Germany), Schmid (southern Germany), Schmitz (Rhineland), Schmied, Schmitt, Smith (English) and many more.

Early Notables of the Schmid family (pre 1700)

Prominent bearers of the family name Schmid during this time period were Bernhard Schmidt (1630-1708), known as "Father Smith", who was a famous organ builder; Georg Philipp Schmidt (1766-1849), known as "Schmidt from Luebeck", who was a physician and Romantic poet; Friederich Wilhelm Schmidt (1764-1838), who was a Prussian pastor and poet; Christoph von Schmid (1768-1854), Roman Catholic priest and writer of...
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United States Schmid migration to the United States +

Prussia played an extremely influential role in shaping modern German history. It remained a part of Germany until after the Second World War. Prussia was divided among the Soviet Union, Poland, East Germany and West Germany. Many Prussians became residents of these new countries after the War, and many migrated to other parts of Germany or Europe, as well as to North America. In the United States, the majority of settlers landed in Philadelphia, and moved on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Many German settlers also migrated to Canada, particularly to Ontario and the Prairies. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Schmid were

Schmid Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Adam Schmid, who arrived in New York in 1709 [1]
  • Bernhard Schmid, who arrived in New York in 1709 [1]
  • Georg Schmid, who landed in New York in 1709-1710 [1]
  • Georg Adam Schmid, who arrived in New York in 1709 [1]
  • Harwich Schmid, who arrived in New York in 1709-1710 [1]
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Schmid Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Geo Fredk Schmid, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1805 [1]
  • Jac Schmid, who arrived in America in 1807 [1]
  • Joh Conrad Schmid, who arrived in America in 1807 [1]
  • Katharina Friederike Schmid, who arrived in America in 1820 [1]
  • Johann Schmid, aged 26, who arrived in New York, NY in 1848 [1]
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Canada Schmid migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Schmid Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Christian Schmid, who arrived in Quebec in 1850
  • Johann Christian Schmid, who landed in Quebec in 1850

New Zealand Schmid migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Schmid Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Louis Schmid, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Light Brigade" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 26th August 1868 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Schmid (post 1700) +

  • Theophilis Schmid, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for Illinois, 1920; Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1924 [3]
  • Robert D. Schmid, American politician, Mayor of Novi, Michigan, 1981-85 [3]
  • Perl S. Schmid, American politician, Mayor of Coffeyville, Kansas, 1993-94 [3]
  • Michael Schmid, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Missouri, 2004 [3]
  • John A. Schmid, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Erie County 7th District, 1926 [3]
  • Frederick Schmid, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Kings County 19th District, 1896-99 [3]
  • Erwin E. Schmid, American Democrat politician, Hardware and furniture dealer ; Candidate in primary for Mayor of Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1915 [3]
  • Carl Schmid (b. 1960), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from District of Columbia, 2000 (alternate), 2004 [3]
  • August F. Schmid, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Kings County 14th District, 1898-99 [3]
  • Allan C. Schmid, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Delegate to Michigan State Constitutional Convention from Saginaw County 1st District, 1961 [3]
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  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. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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