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

Schmitt Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Joh Andreas Schmitt, who arrived in America in 1709-1711
  • Joh Joerg Schmitt, who landed in America in 1709-1711
  • Joh Jost Schmitt, who arrived in America in 1709-1711
  • Johann Andreas Schmitt, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1709
  • Johann Enters Schmitt, who landed in America in 1709


Schmitt Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Katharina Schafer Schmitt, who landed in New York, NY in 1800
  • Jakob Schmitt, who landed in North America in 1800
  • Joh Christ Schmitt, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1801
  • Johan Schmitt, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1801
  • Catharina Schmitt, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1801


Schmitt Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Karolina Schmitt, aged 17, landed in New York in 1902
  • Adolph Schmitt, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1904
  • Emit Schmitt, who landed in Arkansas in 1904
  • Carl Yackob Schmitt, who arrived in Alabama in 1915

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  • Harrison Hagan Schmitt PH.D. (b. 1935), former NASA astronaut with over 301 hours in space
  • Francis O. Schmitt (1903-1995), American biologist and Institute Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Otto Schmitt (1913-1998), American inventor and biophysicist
  • Alfred Schmitt (1907-1973), French astronomer
  • Al Schmitt, fifteen-time Grammy Award winning recording engineer and record producer


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  • Immigration to St. Joseph County, Indiana by Howard John Schmitt.
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  2. Garland, Mary and Henry Garland Editions. Oxford Companion To German Literature 3rd Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997. Print. (ISBN 0198158963).
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  6. Bahlow, Hans. Abhandlungen zur Namenforschung und Buchgeschichte. 1980. Print. (ISBN 978-3768690522).
  7. Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. Print.
  8. Haverkamp, Alfred. Medieval Germany 1056-1273 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print.
  9. Götze, Alfred. Familiennamen im badischen Oberland. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1918. Print.
  10. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
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The Schmitt Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Schmitt 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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