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The surname Schmitz 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.

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 Schmitz 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 Schmitz 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 Schmitz History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Prominent bearers of the family name Schmitz 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...

Another 72 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Schmitz Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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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 Ameri ca. 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 Schmitz or a variant listed above:

Schmitz Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Johan Schmitz, who arrived in New York in 1709

Schmitz Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Joh Bemh Schmitz, who arrived in America in 1830
  • Bern Schmitz, who arrived in America in 1834
  • Bemh Schmitz, who landed in America in 1834
  • Joh Anton Schmitz, who landed in America in 1835
  • Franz Jos Schmitz, who arrived in America in 1838
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  • Julian Schmitz, American sliver Olympic medalist for gymnastics at the 1904 games
  • Bill Schmitz (1954-2013), American head football coach at the United States Coast Guard Academy from 1993 to 1996
  • John Albert Schmitz (1920-2011), nicknamed "Bear Tracks", American Major League Baseball pitcher who played from 1941 through 1956
  • William V. Schmitz, American politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Naugatuck, 1912
  • Bernette Schmitz, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1980
  • Anthony H. Schmitz, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Mayor of Reading, Ohio, 1951
  • Andrew Schmitz, American politician, Candidate for Wisconsin State Senate 20th District, 1940
  • Adolph H. Schmitz, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Governor of Wisconsin, 1910
  • A. J. Schmitz, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Wisconsin, 1912
  • Diane Schmitz, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Washington, 2004
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  • Family Tree: Schmitz, Burbach, and Related Families by Helen Schmitz Fischels.
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    Other References

    1. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    2. Schenk, Trudy. Wuerttemberg Emigration Index Volume I-VIII. Salt Lake City: Ancestry Inc., 1986. Print.
    3. 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).
    4. 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).
    5. Haverkamp, Alfred. Medieval Germany 1056-1273 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print.
    6. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmachers Wappenbuch. München, Battenberg: 1975. Print.
    7. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    8. Garland, Mary and Henry Garland Editions. Oxford Companion To German Literature 3rd Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997. Print. (ISBN 0198158963).
    9. Gottschald, Max. Deutsche Namenkunde unsere Familiennamen nach ihrer Entstehung und Bedeutung. München: J.F. Lehmanns Verlag, 1932. Print.
    10. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
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    The Schmitz Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Schmitz 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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