Schoenherr History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

Early Origins of the Schoenherr family

The surname Schoenherr 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 Schoenherr family

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

Schoenherr Spelling Variations

One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Schoenherr include Schoen, Schoene, Schon, Schone, Schoenemann, Shoneman, Schoeneman and many more.

Early Notables of the Schoenherr family (pre 1700)

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United States Schoenherr migration to the United States +

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:

Schoenherr Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Oscar Schoenherr, aged 60, who arrived in America, in 1896
Schoenherr Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Albert Schoenherr, aged 36, who arrived in America from Schoneberg, Germany, in 1908
  • Bruno Schoenherr, aged 34, who arrived in America from Berlin, Germany, in 1911
  • Kate Schoenherr, aged 10, who arrived in America from Erfurt, Germany, in 1922
  • Rich Schoenherr, aged 32, who arrived in America, in 1922
  • Max Schoenherr, aged 44, who arrived in America from Jena, Germany, in 1923
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Schoenherr (post 1700) +

  • Walter Joseph Schoenherr (1920-2007), American bishop of the Catholic Church, auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Detroit from 1968 until 1995
  • John Schoenherr (1935-2010), American Hugo Award and Caldecott Award winning illustrator
  • Peter M. Schoenherr, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1936 [1]
  • Leonard Schoenherr, American Republican politician, Member of Michigan Republican State Central Committee, 1959; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1960 (alternate), 1964 [1]


  1. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 22) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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