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The ancestors of the surname Schott were thought to have been a Boernician family in ancient Scotland. They lived in Roxburgh (now part of the region of Borders), Scotland. The surname Scott is of local origin as it denotes one who came from Scotland as in the Scot. The double 't' in Scott is now universal. Other records claim the name was for someone in England, who came to be from Scotland. Pre-dating surnames, the name may have been used for a Gaelic speaker within Scotland, who arrived with the Gaelic Dalriadans from Ireland in around 500 AD.

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The surname Schott was first found in Roxburghshire, where a family seat was held on the lands of Ballendan at the head of the Ale water in that county. They descended from Uchtredus Scott who held the lands before 1107; he is on record as a witness to the foundation charter of Selkirk in 1120. Another early record is of Henricus le Scotte, who witnessed a charter by David Earl of Strathearn around 1195. By 1200, this great Clan controlled the borderlands of the Middle Marches of West Teviotdale, Ewesdale, Liddesdale, Buccleuch and Balweariel.

Before the first dictionaries and printing presses went into use in the last few hundred years, spelling, particularly of names, was a largely intuitive matter. Consequently, many spelling variations occur in even the simplest names from the Middle Ages. Schott has been spelled Scott, Scot, Skotts, Scot, Scotach, Scott, Schotts and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Schott research. Another 423 words (30 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1450, 1565, 1611, 1745, 1565, 1611, 1647, 1661, 1644, 1693, 1649, 1685, 1674, 1705, 1771, 1832 and are included under the topic Early Schott History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 211 words (15 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Schott Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Schott family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 97 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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The east coasts of the United States and Canada are still populated by many of the descendents of the Boernician-Scottish families who made that great crossing. They distributed themselves evenly when they first arrived, but at the time of the War of Independence those who remained loyal to England went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. This century, many of their ancestors have recovered their past heritage through highland games and other Scottish functions in North America. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Investigation of the origins of family names on the North American continent has revealed that many immigrants bearing the name Schott or a variant listed above:

Schott Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Johannes Schott, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1732
  • Johann Nickel Schott, who arrived in America in 1739
  • Ludwig Schott, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1742
  • Captain John Paul Schott (c. 1744-1829), who arrived in American before 1776, and fought in the Revolutionary War
  • Freideric Schott, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1749


Schott Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Conrad Schott, who landed in America in 1832
  • Kilian Schott, who landed in America in 1834
  • Wilhelm, I Schott, who landed in America in 1834
  • Wilhelm Schott, who landed in Galveston, Tex in 1850
  • Emil Schott, who arrived in Galveston, Tex in 1850


Schott Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Alberta Schott, aged 16, landed in New York, NY in 1893

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  • William Walter Schott (b. 1894), American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Frankfort, 1922-23; Palermo, 1923-24, 1924-25; Gibraltar, 1924; Naples, 1925-27; U.S. Consul in Naples, 1927-28
  • Tobias Schott, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1912
  • Peter Schott, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from District of Columbia, 1972, 1996
  • Kirk Schott, American Republican politician, Chair of Ontonagon County Republican Party, 2007
  • George P. Schott, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 1912
  • Marge Schott, American long-standing owner of the Cincinnati Red professional baseball team
  • Bernhard Schott (1748-1809), founder of Schott Musis in 1770, one of the oldest German music publishers
  • Ben Schott (b. 1974), British writer and author of the "Schott's Original Miscellany"
  • Heinrich Wilhelm Schott (1794-1865), German botanist


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