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

Schoonhoven Early Origins



The surname Schoonhoven 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.

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Schoonhoven Spelling Variations


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Schoonhoven Spelling Variations



Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations of Schoonhoven include Schoen, Schoene, Schon, Schone, Schoenemann, Shoneman, Schoeneman and many more.

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Schoonhoven Early History


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Schoonhoven Early History



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

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Schoonhoven Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Schoonhoven Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



The state of Prussia was a great influence on the shape of modern Germany. After the Second World War, Prussia's land was divided among the Soviet Union, Poland, East Germany and West Germany and the state was abolished. Some Prussians remained in those countries after the war, while many others migrated to North America in search of a new start. Philadelphia was their primary point of entry to the United States, after which many of them moved on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. A large number of Prussians also migrated to Ontario and the prairie provinces as United Empire Loyalists. Analysis of immigration records has shown some of the first Schoonhovens to arrive in North America, and among them 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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Contemporary Notables of the name Schoonhoven (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Schoonhoven (post 1700)



  • William H. Van Schoonhoven, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Rensselaer County, 1840-41, 1845; Member of New York State Senate, 1846-47, 1852-53
  • Jacobus Van Schoonhoven (1744-1814), American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Albany County, 1785-86, 1790-91; Member of New York State Senate, 1793-1805
  • Guert Van Schoonhoven, American politician, Member of New York State Senate Eastern District, 1814-15. Interment somewhere in Waterford, New York

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    2. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    3. Nied, Edmund. Fraenkische Familiennamen urkundlich gesammelt und sprachlich gedeutet. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1933. Print.
    4. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Journeys German Immigration, Settlement and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
    5. Preuss, Otto. Die Lippischen Familiennamen mit Berücksichtigung der Ortsnamen. Detmold: Meyer'sche Hofbuchh, 1887. Print.
    6. Karlsruhe. Badisches Generallandesarchiv Baden Emigration lists 1866-1911. Salt Lake City: Microfilm of Card Index by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Print.
    7. Oswald, G. Lexicon der Heraldik. Leipzig: 1984. Print.
    8. Gottschald, Max. Deutsche Namenkunde unsere Familiennamen nach ihrer Entstehung und Bedeutung. München: J.F. Lehmanns Verlag, 1932. Print.
    9. Gritzner, M. Handbuch der heraldischen Terminologie in zwölf Zungen. Nürnberg: 1890. Print.
    10. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
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    The Schoonhoven Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Schoonhoven 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.

    This page was last modified on 9 December 2015 at 09:52.

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