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

Bavaria, Germany is the ancestral home of the Schreier family. The Germans began using hereditary surnames in the 12th century. Schreier is an occupational name, which was derived from the kind of work done by the original bearer. It is a name for a town crier. The name stems from the German word "schrien," meaning "shout," and was also sometimes used as a nickname to indicate a noisy or loud individual.


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 Schreier include Schreyern, Schreier, Schreyer, Schryer, Schreiert, Schreijaegg, Schreihans, Schreivogel and many more.

First found in the southern regions of Bavaria and Bohemia, where members of this family became prominent contributors to the development of the district from ancient times. Always prominent in social affairs, the name became an integral part of that powerful region, as it emerged to form alliances with other families within the feudal system.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Schreier research. Another 199 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1701, 1705, 1728, 1760, 1768, 1828, 1832, and 1899 are included under the topic Early Schreier History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 57 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Schreier Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Thousands of German settlers came to North America between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries. The hardships of the long voyage were balanced by the opportunity to escape poverty and religious persecution. The descendents of these settlers still populate the states of Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Many also live in Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Schreier or a variant listed above:

Schreier Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Georg Conrad Schreier came to Philadelphia in 1738
  • Gottfried Schreier, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1742

Schreier Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Wilhelmine Schreier, who landed in America in 1819
  • Barbara Schreier, who arrived in America in 1844-1845
  • Mrs. Schreier, who landed in North America in 1846
  • Reinhold Schreier in 1872 and Fritze Schreier in 1875
  • Friedrich Schreier, who landed in Iroquois County, Illinois in 1886


  • Karen Elizabeth Schreier (b. 1956), American jurist, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of South Dakota (2006-2013)
  • Karen E. Schreier, American politician, U.S. Attorney for South Dakota, 1993-98
  • Christian Schreier (b. 1959), German former footballer who played from 1977 to 1998, member of the West Germany National Teams (1984-1986), Manager from 2002 to 2011
  • Peter Schreier (b. 1935), German tenor and conductor who specialized in German songs and Mozart roles
  • Otto Schreier (1901-1929), Austrian mathematician who made major contributions in combinatorial group theory, eponym of numerous findings including Schreier conjecture, Schreier vector, Schreier refinement theorem, Schreier coset graph, Schreier domain and many more


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The Schreier Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Schreier 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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