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The Schnabel surname is a habitational name derived from any of several places in Germany, Bohemia, and Austria named Schneeberg. These place names derived from the German word "schnee," meaning "snow," and "berg," or "mountain."

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The surname Schnabel was first found in Switzerland, where the name came from humble beginnings but gained a significant reputation for its contribution to the emerging mediaeval society. It later became more prominent as many branches of the same house acquired distant estates and branches, some in foreign countries, always elevating their social status by their great contributions to society.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Schneeberger, Schneeburg, Schnech, Scheewasser, Schneeweiss, Schnaberg, Schnabelburg and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Schnabel research. Another 215 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1524, 1664, 1792, 1546, 1692 and 1751 are included under the topic Early Schnabel History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Schnabel Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Schnabel Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Schnabel, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1762
  • Johannes Schnabel, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1766
  • Joh Conrad Schnabel, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1768
  • Joh Friederich Schnabel, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1768
  • Martin Schnabel, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1768
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Schnabel Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Albrecht Schnabel, who came to New Orleans in 1839
  • Adam Schnabel, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1839
  • C H Schnabel, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • Benjamin Schnabel, who arrived in New York, NY in 1850
  • Augst Schnabel, aged 39, arrived in New York, NY in 1852
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  • Julian Schnabel (b. 1951), award winning American painter and filmmaker
  • Charles Francis Schnabel (1895-1974), American agricultural chemist
  • John H. Schnabel, American politician, U.S. Consular Agent in Bremerhaven, 1904-05; Geestemünde, 1904-05
  • John H. Schnabel, American politician, U.S. Consular Agent in Bremerhaven, 1898; Geestemünde, 1898
  • Irvine A. Schnabel, American politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Erie County 6th District, 1920, 1929; Candidate for New York State Senate 49th District, 1928
  • August Schnabel, American politician, Independent Candidate for Wisconsin State Assembly from Milwaukee County 13th District, 1902
  • Artur Schnabel (1882-1951), Polish- Austrian classical pianist and composer
  • Stefan Schnabel (1912-1999), German actor
  • Karl Ulrich Schnabel (1909-2001), German classical pianist
  • Joseph Ignaz Schnabel (1767-1831), German composer
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    Other References

    1. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
    2. Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. Print.
    3. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmacher's Grosses Wappenbuch 35 Volumes. Germany: Bauer & Raspe. Print.
    4. Preuss, Otto. Die Lippischen Familiennamen mit Berücksichtigung der Ortsnamen. Detmold: Meyer'sche Hofbuchh, 1887. Print.
    5. 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).
    6. Neubecker, Ottfried. Wappen-Bilder-Lexikon der bürgerlichen Geschlechter Deutschlands, Oesterreichs und der Schweiz. Battenberg, München: 1985. Print.
    7. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    8. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    9. Karlsruhe. Badisches Generallandesarchiv Baden Emigration lists 1866-1911. Salt Lake City: Microfilm of Card Index by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Print.
    10. Göbel, Otto. Niederdeutsche Familiennamen der Gegenwart Wolfshagen-Schäbentz. Franz: Westphal, 1936. Print.
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