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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.

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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Schmid research. Another 361 words (26 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.

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Another 122 words (9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Schmid Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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
  • Bernhard Schmid, who arrived in New York in 1709
  • Georg Schmid, who landed in New York in 1709-1710
  • Georg Adam Schmid, who arrived in New York in 1709
  • Harwich Schmid, who arrived in New York in 1709-1710


Schmid Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Geo Fredk Schmid, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1805
  • Jac Schmid, who arrived in America in 1807
  • Joh Conrad Schmid, who arrived in America in 1807
  • Katharina Friederike Schmid, who arrived in America in 1820
  • Johann Schmid, aged 26, arrived in New York, NY in 1848


Schmid Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Johann Christian Schmid, who landed in Quebec in 1850

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  • Theophilis Schmid, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for Illinois, 1920; Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1924
  • Robert D. Schmid, American politician, Mayor of Novi, Michigan, 1981-85
  • Perl S. Schmid, American politician, Mayor of Coffeyville, Kansas, 1993-94
  • Michael Schmid, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Missouri, 2004
  • John A. Schmid, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Erie County 7th District, 1926
  • Frederick Schmid, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Kings County 19th District, 1896-99
  • Erwin E. Schmid, American Democrat politician, Hardware and furniture dealer ; Candidate in primary for Mayor of Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1915
  • Carl Schmid (b. 1960), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from District of Columbia, 2000 (alternate), 2004
  • August F. Schmid, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Kings County 14th District, 1898-99
  • Allan C. Schmid, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Delegate to Michigan State Constitutional Convention from Saginaw County 1st District, 1961

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  2. Strassburger, Ralph B. German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
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  8. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2000. Print. (ISBN 978-0806303024).
  9. Gritzner, M. Handbuch der heraldischen Terminologie in zwölf Zungen. Nürnberg: 1890. Print.
  10. Strassburger, Ralph B. Pennsylvania German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
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The Schmid Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Schmid 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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