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

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

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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 Schonert include Schoen, Schoene, Schon, Schone, Schoenemann, Shoneman, Schoeneman and many more.

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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Schonert research. Another 288 words(21 lines of text) covering the years 1586, 1765, 1773, 1856, 1860, and 1865 are included under the topic Early Schonert History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 33 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Schonert Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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: Maria Cathrina Schoen, age 38, a Palatine emigrant who arrived in England in 1709 with her four children, perhaps on route to America; Georg Schon, whose Oath of Allegiance was recorded in Pennsylvania in 1744.

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