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The surname Schonauer 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.

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The surname Schonauer 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. The name, associated with one of the oldest German dynasties, has been traced back to the thirteenth century when they had their ancestral seat at the castle Roth-Schoenberg. They would later emerge as a noble family with great influence, having many distinguished branches, and become noted for its involvement in social, economic and political affairs.

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


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Schonauer research. Another 289 words (21 lines of text) covering the years 1290, 1615, 1687, 1689, and 1690 are included under the topic Early Schonauer History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 60 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Schonauer Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Marie Schoenberg, who arrived in Texas in 1849. Johann Schoenberger arrived in Canada at the age of 25 in 1783; and Jacob Schoenberger came to Texas in 1845. Joseph Schoenberger came to New York in 1882. Balthasar Schonberger arrived in Philadelphia in 1732.

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