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The Schoen surname is derived from the Upper German word "schöne," which means "beautiful."

Early Origins of the Schoen family

The surname Schoen was first found in Prussia, where the name came from humble beginnings but gained a significant reputation for its contribution to the emerging society. They became more prominent as many branches of the same house acquired distant estates, always elevating their social status and influence by their great contributions to society.

Early History of the Schoen family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Schoen research. Another 164 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1586, 1765, 1773, 1856, 1860 and 1865 are included under the topic Early Schoen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Schoen Spelling Variations

In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations of the name Schoen include Schoen, Schoene, Schon, Schone, Schoenemann, Shoneman, Schoeneman and many more.

Early Notables of the Schoen family

Notable figures of the time with the name Schoen were

  • Theodor von Schoen (1773-1856), who was an eminent Prussian civil servant and the leading spirit behind the restoration of the castle Marienburg

Schoen Ranking

In the United States, the name Schoen is the 5,523rd most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. 1

United States Schoen migration to the United States +

Prussia played an extremely influential role in shaping modern German history. It remained a part of Germany until after the Second World War. Prussia was divided among the Soviet Union, Poland, East Germany and West Germany. Many Prussians became residents of these new countries after the War, and many migrated to other parts of Germany or Europe, as well as to North America. In the United States, the majority of settlers landed in Philadelphia, and moved on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Many German settlers also migrated to Canada, particularly to Ontario and the Prairies. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Schoen were

Schoen Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Henry Schoen, who arrived at New York in 1750
  • Henry Schoen, who arrived in New York, NY in 1750 2
Schoen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Carl Aug Ludwig Schoen, who landed in Peru in 1845 2
  • Ernestine Schoen, who arrived in Texas in 1846
  • Johann Schoen, who settled in New York, NY in 1847
  • Johann Schoen, aged 25, who arrived in New York, NY in 1847 2
  • Gustav Schoen, who landed in New York, NY in 1850 2
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Schoen Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Valentin Schoen, who landed in America in 1920-1930 2

Contemporary Notables of the name Schoen (post 1700) +

  • Alan Hugh Schoen (1924-2023), American physicist and computer scientist best known for his discovery of the gyroid, an infinitely connected triply periodic minimal surface
  • Edgar J. Schoen (1925-2016), American physician, Chair of the 1988 American Academy of Pediatrics Task Force on Circumcision
  • Craig Schoen (b. 1983), American professional basketball player
  • Harold Schoen, American mathematician, educator and former college basketball player
  • Lawrence M. Schoen (b. 1959), American author, publisher, psychologist, and expert in the Klingon language
  • Nancy Schöen (b. 1928), American renowned sculptor of public art displayed internationally
  • Seth David Schoen (b. 1979), senior staff technologist for the Electronic Frontier Foundation
  • Richard Melvin Schoen (b. 1950), American mathematician
  • Vic Schoen (1917-2000), American arranger/conductor of popular music
  • Howard F. Schoen, American Libertarian politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New Jersey 6th District, 1988, 1990 3
  • ... (Another 13 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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