Schoenberg History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Schoenberg is a toponymic local name; it is derived from a feature of the physical geography where the original bearer lived or held land. In this case it is derived from the German words schoene, which means beautiful, and berg, which means hill.

Early Origins of the Schoenberg family

The surname Schoenberg was first found in Saxony, where the name was closely identified in early mediaeval times with the feudal society which would become prominent throughout European history.

However, we must look to the Netherlands to find the first record of the family. For it is there that Annian de Schonau (d. 1293), was Bishop of St. Asaph, and is said to have been a native of Schoonau in the Netherlands. Another source claims that "Schoonau is in the diocese of Treves, conjectured that he was a native of Schoonhoven in Holland. Anian was a Dominican friar, and is possibly the Friar Anian who preached the crusade in West Wales in 1236." [1]

Early History of the Schoenberg family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Schoenberg research. Another 207 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1290, 1615, 1690, 1687 and 1689 are included under the topic Early Schoenberg History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Schoenberg Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Schoenburger, Schoenburg, Schoenenburg, Schonburg and many more.

Early Notables of the Schoenberg family (pre 1700)

Prominent bearers of the family name Schoenberg at this time were the famous Count Friedrich von Schoenberg (1615-1690), also known as "Schomberg", who, among his many tiles, was Count von Mertola...
Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Schoenberg Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Schoenberg migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Schoenberg Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • David D Schoenberg, who arrived in New York, NY in 1761 [2]
Schoenberg Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Marie Schoenberg, who arrived in Texas in 1849

Contemporary Notables of the name Schoenberg (post 1700) +

  • Michael Schoenberg (1939-2008), American geophysicist
  • Erica Schoenberg (b. 1978), American professional blackjack and poker player
  • Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951), Austrian-American composer of 20th Century music
  • Sam Schoenberg, American politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from New York County 2nd District, 1933 [3]
  • Martin Schoenberg, American Republican politician, Mayor of Muskegon Heights, Michigan; Defeated, 1910; Elected 1922, 1926 [3]
  • Lora Schoenberg, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 2004 [3]
  • Jeff Schoenberg, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 2000, 2004 [3]
  • Claude-Michel Schoenberg (b. 1944), French record producer, actor, singer, popular songwriter, and musical theatre composer
  • Isaac Jacob Schoenberg (1903-1990), Romanian mathematician, known for his discovery of splines


  1. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 22) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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