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The Schoonover surname is derived from the Upper German word "schöne," which means "beautiful."
The surname Schoonover 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.
In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations of the name Schoonover include Schoen, Schoene, Schon, Schone, Schoenemann, Shoneman, Schoeneman and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Schoonover research. Another 288 words (21 lines of text) covering the years 1586, 1765, 1773, 1856, 1860, and 1865 are included under the topic Early Schoonover History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Schoonover Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Prussia played an extremely influential role in shaping modern German history. It remained a part of Germany until after the Second World War. Prussia was divided among the Soviet Union, Poland, East Germany and West Germany. Many Prussians became residents of these new countries after the War, and many migrated to other parts of Germany or Europe, as well as to North America. In the United States, the majority of settlers landed in Philadelphia, and moved on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Many German settlers also migrated to Canada, particularly to Ontario and the Prairies. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Schoonover 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.
The Schoonover Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Schoonover 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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