Early Origins of the Schmitzer family
Prussia, where the name emerged in mediaeval times as one of the notable families of the region.
Early History of the Schmitzer family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Schmitzer 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 Schmitzer History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Schmitzer Spelling Variations
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 Schmitzer include Schmidt (northern Germany), Schmid (southern Germany), Schmitz (Rhineland), Schmied, Schmitt, Smith (English) and many more.
Early Notables of the Schmitzer family (pre 1700)
Prominent bearers of the family name Schmitzer 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 Schmitzer Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Schmitzer family to the New World and Oceana
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:
Schmitzer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Schmitzer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Schmitzer Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name Schmitzer (post 1700)
Schmitzer Family Crest Products