Schuster History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Schuster was born in the beautiful region of Bohemia, which is now part of Czechoslavakia. In the Middle Ages, many of the Bohemian were a part of the Holy Roman Empire, which was characterized by the Feudal System. Before this era, people were known only by a single name. However, as the population increased and travelers set out on their journeys, it became necessary for people to adopt a second name to identify themselves. Many people, such as the Schuster family, adopted the name of their feudal occupation as their surname. However, an occupational name did not become a hereditary surname until the office or type of employment became hereditary. The surname Schuster was an occupational name for a cobbler. The distinguished name Schuster is derived from the Old German word "schuoch" which means "shoe."

Early Origins of the Schuster family

The surname Schuster was first found in Bohemia, where the name came from humble beginnings but gained a significant reputation for its contribution in the development of the mediaeval society. It later became more prominent as many branches of the same house acquired distant estates and branches, some in foreign countries, always elevating their social status by their great contributions to society.

Early History of the Schuster family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Schuster research. Another 171 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1386, 1387, 1798, 1808, and 1810 are included under the topic Early Schuster History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Schuster Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Schustern, Schustel, Shuster, Shustern, Shustel and others.

Early Notables of the Schuster family (pre 1700)

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United States Schuster migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Schuster Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Peter Schuster, who arrived in America as early as 1709
  • Johan Georg Schuster, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1733 [1]
  • Jacob Schuster, who settled in Philadelphia in 1740
  • Johann Nikol Schuster, who settled in Philadelphia in 1741
  • Johan Nickel Schuster, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1741 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Schuster Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Georg Schuster, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1801 [1]
  • Joh Schuster, who landed in America in 1807 [1]
  • Wilhelm Schuster, who arrived in America in 1807 [1]
  • Ernst Schuster, who arrived in Missouri in 1836 [1]
  • Fr W Schuster, who arrived in America in 1837 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Schuster migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Schuster Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Joh. Geo. Schuster, aged 32, who arrived in South Australia in 1847 aboard the ship "Hermann von Beckerath" [2]
  • Johann Schuster, aged 66, who arrived in South Australia in 1847 aboard the ship "Hermann von Beckerath" [2]

New Zealand Schuster migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Schuster Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mrs. O. Schuster, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Tainui" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand in December 1890 [3]
  • Miss L. Schuster, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Tainui" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand in December 1890 [3]
  • Miss May Schuster, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Tainui" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand in December 1890 [3]
  • Miss Mabel Schuster, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Tainui" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand in December 1890 [3]
  • Mr. S. Schuster, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Tainui" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand in December 1890 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Schuster (post 1700) +

  • Philipp Schuster, American bronze medalist for gymnastics at the 1904 Olympic games
  • Guenter Schuster (b. 1918), German scientist who became Director-General of Research, Science, and Education in 1973 and Special Advisor to the Senate of Berlin in 1984
  • Ida Schuster (1918-2020), Scottish actress who lived to be 101 years old
  • Walter Schuster (1929-2018), Austrian bronze medalist alpine skier at the 1956 Winter Olympics
  • Sir Arthur Schuster (1851-1934), British physicist born in Frankfurt, Secretary of the Royal Society and was knighted in 1920
  • Sir Felix Schuster (1854-1936), British banker of London, member of the Council of India, chairman of the Central Association of Bankers, and was made a Baron in 1906
  • Frank Schuster (1916-2002), well-known Canadian comedian, member of the comedy duo "Wayne and Shuster"

Bismarck
  • Karl-Heinz Schuster (1922-1941), German Matrose who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [4]


  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. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HERMANN VON BECKERATH 1847. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1847HermanVonBeckerath.htm
  3. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  4. ^ Bismarck & Tirpitz Class - Crew List Bismarck. (Retrieved 2018, February 06). Retrieved from https://www.bismarck-class.dk/bismarck/crew/bismarck_crew.html#crew_details


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