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

The Schnitzler surname is derived from the Upper German word "schnitz," and refers to someone who cuts or carves wood. Thus the name was originally occupational before it came to be a family surname.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Schnitz, Schnitzler, Schnitzer, Schnitzlein, Schnitzspahn, Schnetz, Schnetzer and many more.

First found in Breslau, where there is a record of the name from 1360. The Schnitzler surname may well have emerged independently in several regions, as evidenced by records of Eberhart der Snezzer von Waldshut in Aargau, Switzerland in 1255; Hainr. and Liutoldus fratus dictus Snezzerli who was recorded as citizens of Meersburg (Baden-Württemberg) in 1295; and Bert. dictus Snitzer, from Swabia who was mentioned in records from 1285.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Schnitzler research. Another 237 words(17 lines of text) covering the years 1357, 1373, 1382, 1435, 1599, 1653, and 1802 are included under the topic Early Schnitzler History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 29 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Schnitzler Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Schnitzler Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Joh Schnitzler, who landed in North America in 1832-1849

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  • Barbara Schnitzler (b. 1953), German actress
  • Conrad Schnitzler (b. 1937), German musician and composer
  • Claude Schnitzler (b. 1949), Alsatian-French organist
  • Arthur Schnitzler (1862-1931), Austrian dramatist and novelist


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The Schnitzler Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Schnitzler 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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