Schurman History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The German surname Schurman emerged in the lands that formed the powerful German state of Prussia, which at one time was an immense German territory that stretched from France and the Low Countries to the Baltic sea and Poland. After the fall of the Roman Empire, the German territories were inhabited by a variety of Barbarian tribes. The borders of the Barbarian kingdoms changed frequently, but the region that became known as Prussia was roughly divided between the areas of Brandenburg-Prussia, West Prussia, and East Prussia. Brandenburg-Prussia was essentially the birthplace of modern Germany. By the 19th century, Brandenburg-Prussia had incorporated East Prussia, West Prussia and many other German territories. Moreover, in the late 19th century, it led the German states in German Unification.

Early Origins of the Schurman family

The surname Schurman was first found in Prussia, where this family name became a prominent contributor to the development of the many regions within Prussia in the Middle Ages. Always prominent in social affairs, the name became an integral part of that turbulent region as it emerged to form alliances with other families within the Feudal System and the Prussian nation.

Early History of the Schurman family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Schurman research. Another 163 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1390, 1396, 1783, 1825, 1623, 1686, 1829, 1893 and 1874 are included under the topic Early Schurman History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Schurman 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 Schurman include Schirrmann, Schirmann, Schirrman, Schuermann, Schurmann, Schurman, Scherman, Sherman (English), Schirmer and many more.

Early Notables of the Schurman family (pre 1700)

Notable figures of the time with the name Schurman were David Schirmer (1623-1686), a German lyric poet and librarian, who also used the pseudonyms Der Bestimmende, Der Beschirmende and DiSander; Gustav Schirmer (1829-1893), who founded the publishing firm...
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Schurman Ranking

In the United States, the name Schurman is the 18,004th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]


United States Schurman migration to the United States +

Much of German history has been shaped by the state of Prussia. It was an enduring military power until after the Second World War. At that time, the state was abolished altogether and its land divided between the Soviet Union, Poland, East Germany and West Germany. While some Prussians were content to remain in those countries, others moved away, many of them migrating to North America. They entered the United States mostly through Philadelphia, moving on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Others went to Canada, settling on the prairies and in the province of Ontario. Among those of this surname listed in various historical records were:

Schurman Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Peter Schurman, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1797
  • Peter Schurman, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1797 [2]
Schurman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Emericus Schurman, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1838
  • Altje Schurman, aged 6, who landed in New York, NY in 1847 [2]
  • Alyda Schurman, aged 33, who arrived in New York, NY in 1847 [2]
  • Catherine Schurman, aged 3, who landed in New York, NY in 1847 [2]
  • Geestje Schurman, aged 10, who landed in New York, NY in 1847 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Schurman migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Schurman Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. William Schurman U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Schurman (post 1700) +

  • Jacob Gould Schurman (1854-1942), American professor of philosophy and literature who became president of Cornell University in 1892-1920, minister to China from 1921 until 1925, and Ambassador to Germany from 1925 to 1930

Halifax Explosion
  • Mrs. Mary  Schurman (1875-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [4]
  • Mr. H. Morton  Schurman (1875-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [4]


The Schurman Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Felix sua sorte contentus
Motto Translation: Happy, contented with his lot


  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ 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
  4. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance


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