Show ContentsSchryver History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestral home of the Schryver family is in the German state of Bavaria. The name Schryver is an occupational hereditary surname, a type of surname that was taken from a word describing or common to the profession of the original bearer. It is a name for a clerk. The name Schryver is derived from the German word "schreiben," which means "to write" and was itself derived from the German word "schriben", and the Old German word "scriban." The Latin word "scribere" also means to write and could be a root word of this distinguished surname.

Early Origins of the Schryver family

The surname Schryver was first found in northern Germany, where the name was closely identified in early mediaeval times with the feudal society which would become prominent throughout European history. The name would later be associated with noble families of great influence, having many distinguished branches, and becoming noted for its involvement in social, economic and political affairs.

Early History of the Schryver family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Schryver research. Another 238 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1758, 1763, 1784, 1791, 1805, 1810, 1839 and 1841 are included under the topic Early Schryver History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Schryver Spelling Variations

Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations of Schryver include Schreyber, Schreybers, Schreibers, Shriber, Shreyber and many more.

Early Notables of the Schryver family

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United States Schryver migration to the United States +

After 1650, thousands of German settlers came to North America to escape the religious persecution and poverty that wracked Europe and to make the most of the opportunity to own their own land in a new country. They settled across the United States in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California, and in Canada in Ontario and on the fertile plains of the prairie provinces. Among them:

Schryver Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Peter Schryver, aged 27, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1741 1
Schryver Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Schryver, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1803 1

Canada Schryver migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Schryver Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Private. George Schryver U.E., (Schriver, Scriver) (b. 1761) born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA from New York, USA who settled in Fredericksburgh [Greater Napanee], Ontario c. 1784, listed as being in Matilda [South Dundas], Ontario by 1793 he enlisted in 1778 serving in Kings Royal Regiment of New York, married to Katherine (Catherine) Pickle having 14 children, he died in 1829 2
  • Mr. Jacobus Schryver U.E., (Jacob, James) (b. 1760) born in Rhinebeck, New York, USA who settled in Canada c. 1784 married to Elizabeth Williams having 7 children, he died in 1800 in Kingston, Ontario 2

  1. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X on Facebook