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Where did the German Schmied family come from? What is the German Schmied family crest and coat of arms? When did the Schmied family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Schmied family history?

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Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations of Schmied include Schmidt (northern Germany), Schmid (southern Germany), Schmitz (Rhineland), Schmied, Schmitt, Smith (English) and many more.

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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Schmied 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 Schmied 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 Schmied Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Much of German history has been shaped by the state of Prussia. It was an enduring military power until after the Second World War. At that time, the state was abolished altogether and its land divided between the Soviet Union, Poland, East Germany and West Germany. While some Prussians were content to remain in those countries, others moved away, many of them migrating to North America. They entered the United States mostly through Philadelphia, moving on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Others went to Canada, settling on the prairies and in the province of Ontario. Among those of this surname listed in various historical records were:

Schmied Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Lenhart Alterfer Schmied, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1743
  • Barbara Schmied, who arrived in America in 1749
  • Christian Schmied, who landed in New York in 1784

Schmied Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Gottfried Schmied, who arrived in Kentucky in 1883

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  • Kenneth Albert Schmied (1911-1973), American Republican politician, Furniture business; Mayor of Louisville, Kentucky, 1965-69; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Kentucky, 1972
  • J. D. Schmied, American Republican politician, Mayor of New Martinsville, West Virginia, 1934


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  1. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  2. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Journeys German Immigration, Settlement and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
  3. Oswald, G. Lexicon der Heraldik. Leipzig: 1984. Print.
  4. Zoder, Rudolf. Familiennamen in Ostfalen. Hildesheim: Geog Olms Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1968. Print.
  5. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  6. Gottschald, Max. Deutsche Namenkunde unsere Familiennamen nach ihrer Entstehung und Bedeutung. München: J.F. Lehmanns Verlag, 1932. Print.
  7. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  8. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  9. Nied, Edmund. Fraenkische Familiennamen urkundlich gesammelt und sprachlich gedeutet. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1933. Print.
  10. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
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The Schmied Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Schmied 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.

This page was last modified on 19 October 2015 at 09:21.

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