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

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

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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.

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 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.

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

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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.

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  • Brenda Schoonover, American diplomat, 15th United States Ambassador to Togo (1997-2000)
  • Daniel D. Schoonover (1933-1953), American soldier, posthumous recipient of the Medal of Honor for his actions at the Second Battle of Pork Chop Hill
  • Frank Schoonover (1877-1972), American illustrator, known for his work in the First World War for a series of souvenir prints published in the Ladies Home Journal and for Edgar Rice Burroughs’ A Princess of Mars
  • Lawrence Schoonover (1906-1980), American novelist, known for his books Queen's Cross, The Burnished Blade, Gentle Infidel, The Spider King, and The Prisoner of Tordesillas
  • Ray H. Schoonover (1896-1966), American businessman and politician in the Wisconsin State Assembly
  • Terry Schoonover (1951-1984), American NASCAR race car driver killed in an accident in a race of 1984 at Atlanta International Raceway
  • Wear Schoonover (1910-1982), American college football player, inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1967
  • Darrill Schoonover (b. 1985), American professional mixed martial artist
  • Wear Kibler Schoonover (1910-1982), American actor, known for Maybe It's Love (1930)


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  10. Tarneller, Josef. Zur Namenkunde Tirolen Familiennamen. Bozen: Buchhandlung, 1923. Print.
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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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