Bavaria, one of the oldest and largest of the German states, is the birthplace of the Schrager family. After the 12th century, hereditary surnames were adopted according to fairly general rules. Names derived from occupations were particularly common in this region. Schrager is an occupational surname for person who was associated with the building of cross-legged stands and tables. In its medieval context, the word "schrage" literally meant "crooked" or "crossed," and it may have been given to those whose profession it was to make and sell tables and stands of this description.
Early Origins of the Schrager family
Bavaria, where the family rose to prominence early in the mediaeval era. From the 13th century the surname was identified with the great social and economic evolution which made this territory a landmark contributor to the development of the nation. Individual bearers of this name first mentioned in ancient chronicles include Egelolf Schrage of Wuerttemberg (c.1273,) Marquard Schrage of Luebeck (c.1347,) and one "Schraeglin" of Esslingen (c.1359).
Early History of the Schrager family
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Schrager Spelling Variations
Early Notables of the Schrager family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Schrager family to the New World and Oceana
Between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries, German settlers arrived in North America by the thousands. Persecution based on religion and poverty were great motivators in this large-scale migration. So too was the opportunity for tenant farmers to own their own land. Ample land and opportunity awaited the settlers who went to such states as Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California, as well as Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Schrager or a variant listed above:
Schrager Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Schrager Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Schrager Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name Schrager (post 1700)
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