Early Origins of the Schou family
The surname Schou was first found in Holland, where the name became noted for its many branches in the region, each house acquiring a status and influence which was envied by the princes of the region. The name was first recorded in Amsterdam, an ancient 13th century town held by the Lords of Amstel. Giesebrecht II built a castle there. Geisbrecht III built the dam to keep out the sea. It is first mentioned in charters of 1275 when Floris IV, the count of Holland granted its charter. It became a city of great mercantile wealth. It hold great treasures of art. In their later history the surname became a power unto themselves and were elevated to the ranks of nobility as they grew into a most influential family.
Early History of the Schou family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Schou research.Another 203 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1640, 1733, 1792, 1728, 1567, 1625, 1616, 1600, 1644, 1622 and 1625 are included under the topic Early Schou History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Schou Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Schouten, Schoutens, Schout, Schoute, Schouter, Schoutern, Schoutheete, Schoutten and many more.
Early Notables of the Schou family (pre 1700)
From this era of Dutch history, those of this who distinguished themselves included Willem Cornelisz Schouten (1567-1625), Dutch navigator who in 1616 successfully navigated round Cape Horn, named for his birthplace, the city of Hoorn, and... Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Schou Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Schou family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Heinrich Schaut, who arrived in Pennsylvania sometime between 1729 and 1730; Henry Schaut, who settled in Philadelphia Co., PA sometime between 1730 and 1731.