Schmitz History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Schmitz family

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.

Early History of the Schmitz family

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

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

Early Notables of the Schmitz family (pre 1700)

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 poet; Christoph von Schmid (1768-1854), Roman Catholic priest and writer of...
Another 61 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Schmitz Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Schmitz 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 Schmitz or a variant listed above:

Schmitz Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Johan Schmitz, who arrived in New York in 1709 [1]
Schmitz Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Joh Bemh Schmitz, who arrived in America in 1830 [1]
  • Bern Schmitz, who arrived in America in 1834 [1]
  • Bemh Schmitz, who landed in America in 1834 [1]
  • Joh Anton Schmitz, who landed in America in 1835 [1]
  • Franz Jos Schmitz, who arrived in America in 1838 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Schmitz (post 1700) +

  • 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
  • Robert Joseph "Bob" Schmitz (1939-2004), American NFL football linebacker who played for the Pittsburgh Steelers (1961–1966) and the Minnesota Vikings (1966)
  • James Henry Schmitz (1911-1981), German-born, American science fiction writer
  • Joseph Edward Schmitz, American lawyer, former Inspector General of the Department of Defense
  • Bernette Schmitz, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1980 [2]
  • Anthony H. Schmitz, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Mayor of Reading, Ohio, 1951 [2]
  • Andrew Schmitz, American politician, Candidate for Wisconsin State Senate 20th District, 1940 [2]
  • Adolph H. Schmitz, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Governor of Wisconsin, 1910 [2]
  • ... (Another 29 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Bismarck
  • Johann Schmitz (1922-1941), German Matrose who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [3]


Suggested Readings for the name Schmitz +

  • 449 Family Tree: Schmitz, Burbach, and Related Families by Helen Schmitz Fischels.

  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. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 12) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  3. ^ Bismarck & Tirpitz Class - Crew List Bismarck. (Retrieved 2018, February 06). Retrieved from https://www.bismarck-class.dk/bismarck/crew/bismarck_crew.html#crew_details


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