Schmidt History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Schmidt family

The surname Schmidt 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 Schmidt family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Schmidt 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 Schmidt History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Schmidt 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 Schmidt include Schmidt (northern Germany), Schmid (southern Germany), Schmitz (Rhineland), Schmied, Schmitt, Smith (English) and many more.

Early Notables of the Schmidt family (pre 1700)

Prominent bearers of the family name Schmidt 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 Schmidt 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 Schmidt or a variant listed above:

Schmidt Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Johannes Schmidt, who settled in Germantown, Pennsylvania between 1683 and 1709
Schmidt Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Arnd Schmidt, who emigrated with his family to England or America in 1709
  • Zacharias Schmidt, who arrived in New York in 1709-1710 [1]
  • Ulrich Schmidt, who arrived in New York, NY in 1710 [1]
  • Valentin Schmidt, who landed in New York, NY in 1710 [1]
  • Anna Maria Schmidt, who settled in New York State in 1710
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Schmidt Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Sarah Schmidt, aged 3, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1800 [1]
  • Anthony Schmidt, aged 19, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1804 [1]
  • Anna Eliz Schmidt, aged 42, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1804 [1]
  • Anna Cathar Schmidt, who landed in North America in 1832-1849 [1]
  • Philip Peter Schmidt, who landed in New York, NY in 1832 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Schmidt Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Alexander Schmidt, aged 3, who arrived in New York, NY in 1901 [1]
  • August L Schmidt, who arrived in America in 1907 [1]

Canada Schmidt migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Schmidt Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Adam Schmidt, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749-1752
  • Heinrich Schmidt, who arrived in Canada in 1783
  • Mr. Jacob Schmidt U.E., (Smith) who settled in Canada c. 1784 [2]
  • Private. Jacob Schmidt Sr., U.E. (b. 1739) born in New Jersey, USA who settled in Glanford [Hamilton], Northumberland County, Ontario c. 1784 he served in the New Jersey Volunteers, married to Elizabeth Lewis, he died in 1821 [2]
Schmidt Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Miss. Catherine Schmidt, aged 5 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Leontine" departing 28th May 1847 from Bremen, Germany; the ship arrived on 28th July 1847 but she died on board [3]
  • Mrs. Elizabeth Schmidt, aged 36 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Leontine" departing 28th May 1847 from Bremen, Germany; the ship arrived on 28th July 1847 but she died on board [3]
  • W G Schmidt, who arrived in Quebec in 1850
  • Apolina Schmidt, aged 26, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1855
  • August Schmidt, aged 30, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1855
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Schmidt Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Adolf Schmidt, aged 27, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1902
  • Anna Schmidt, aged 28, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1902
  • Regina Schmidt, aged 25, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1902

Australia Schmidt migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Schmidt Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • August Schmidt, who arrived in Port Misery aboard the ship "Duchess of Northumberland" in 1839 [4]
  • Franz Schmidt, aged 49, who arrived in South Australia in 1847 aboard the ship "Hermann von Beckerath" [5]
  • Frederich Schmidt, aged 19, who arrived in South Australia in 1847 aboard the ship "Hermann von Beckerath" [5]

New Zealand Schmidt 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:

Schmidt Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • John Schmidt, aged 58, a painter, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Slains Castle" in 1841
  • Sarah Schmidt, aged 24, a sempstress, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Slains Castle" in 1841
  • Mary Schmidt, aged 22, a sempstress, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Slains Castle" in 1841
  • Martha Schmidt, aged 20, a sempstress, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Slains Castle" in 1841
  • Mr. John Schmidt, (b. 1782), aged 58, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Slains Castle" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 25th January 1841 [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Schmidt (post 1700) +

  • Axel Frederik Preben Schmidt (1939-2018), Brazilian gold and silver medalist sailor from Rio de Janeiro at the 1959 and 1963 Pan American Games
  • Howard Anthony Schmidt (1949-2017), American security expert, Cyber Security Coordinator of the Obama Administration (2009-2012)
  • Gregory P. Schmidt (1947-2016), American politician, Secretary of the Senate, California
  • Eric Schmidt (1955-2011), American executive chairman, former CEO, of Google and 136th-richest person in the world in 2011
  • Brian Schmidt (b. 1967), American-born, Australian astrophysicist and Nobel laureate
  • Boss Schmidt (1880-1932), American major league catcher
  • Chief Gunner's Mate Oscar Schmidt Jr. (1896-1973), United States Navy sailor and a recipient of the Medal of Honor
  • Brian P. Schmidt (b. 1967), American astrophysicist and co-winner of the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics
  • Major General Harry Schmidt (1886-1968), American sailor awarded the Navy Cross in 1918 [7]
  • Mike Schmidt (b. 1949), American baseball player
  • ... (Another 148 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Bismarck
  • Wilhelm Schmidt (1910-1986), German Obermaschinist serving aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he survived the sinking [8]
  • Werner Schmidt (1923-1941), 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 [8]
  • Walter Schmidt (1918-1941), German Signalgefreiter who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [8]
  • Richard Schmidt (1919-1941), German Matrosenobergefreiter who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [8]
  • Paul Schmidt (1920-1941), German Verwaltungsgefreiter who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [8]
  • ... (Another 10 entries are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
HMAS Sydney II
RMS Titanic
  • Mr. August Schmidt (d. 1912), aged 26, American Second Class passenger from Newark, New Jersey who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [10]


Suggested Readings for the name Schmidt +

  • 125 Descendants of John Schmidt and Magdalena Kopfenstein by Bertha Louise Schmidt Krause, Johan Schmidt and Six Generations of his Descendants, 1850 to 1987 by Damon Purinton, Sixteen Maryland Families by Richard Gary Schmidt.

  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. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  3. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 95)
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) THE DUCHESS OF NORTHUMBERLAND - 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839DuchessOfNorthumberland.htm
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HERMANN VON BECKERATH 1847. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1847HermanVonBeckerath.htm
  6. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  7. ^ Harry Schmidt. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) Harry Schmidt. Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_Schmidt_%28USMC%29
  8. ^ Bismarck & Tirpitz Class - Crew List Bismarck. (Retrieved 2018, February 06). Retrieved from https://www.bismarck-class.dk/bismarck/crew/bismarck_crew.html#crew_details
  9. ^ HMAS Sydney II, Finding Sydney Foundation - Roll of Honour. (Retrieved 2014, April 24) . Retrieved from http://www.findingsydney.com/roll.asp
  10. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html


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