Early Origins of the Schreckengost family
The surname Schreckengost was first found in Austria
, where the name Schreckengost 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. In later years, bearers of the name became a power unto themselves and were elevated to the ranks of nobility as they grew into this most influential family. The name Schreckengost comes from the Middle High German word "schrecken," which means "to leap" or "spring," though it carries the connotation of jumping due to being startled or frightened. Like many surnames, the name probably began as a nickname; perhaps the original bearer of the name was talented at leaping or perhaps he was timid and easily startled or frightened. The nickname
stuck, and eventually the person took it as his surname.
Early History of the Schreckengost family
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Early Notables of the Schreckengost family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Schreckengost family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Nicolaus Schreck, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1750 and Hans Schreck, who came there four years later.
Contemporary Notables of the name Schreckengost (post 1700)
- Viktor Schreckengost (1906-2008), American industrial designer, teacher, sculptor, and artist
- Ossee Freeman Schreckengost (1875-1914), American Major League Baseball catcher and first baseman who played from 1897 to 1908