The German state of Prussia
, which reached the zenith of its power in the late 19th century, is the glorious birthplace of the distinguished surname Shaetze. In the medieval era, after the fall of the Roman Empire
, the German lands were inhabited by a variety of barbarian tribes. The borders of the barbarian kingdoms changed frequently, but the region that became known in Prussia
was roughly divided between the areas of Brandenburg-Prussia
, West Prussia
, and East Prussia
. The colorful history of Brandenburg-Prussia, provides a glimpse at the oldest origins of the Shaetze family.
Early Origins of the Shaetze family
The surname Shaetze was first found in Brandenburg, where the name could be considered to have made an early contribution to the feudal
society which became the backbone of early development of Europe. Chronicles first mention the names Schacz, Scheczel, and Scheczler in Breslau in 1350. The name became prominent in local
affairs and branched into many houses which played important roles in the local power struggles, each group seeking power and status in an ever changing territorial profile.
Early History of the Shaetze family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Shaetze research.Another 403 words (29 lines of text) covering the years 1780, 1470, 1665, 1821 and 1780 are included under the topic Early Shaetze History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Shaetze Spelling Variations
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 Shaetze include Schaeztel, Schatz, Schatzel, Schatzl, Schatze, Schaetze, Schaetzle and many more.
Early Notables of the Shaetze family (pre 1700)
Prominent bearers of the family name Shaetze during this time period were Carl Heinrich von Schaetzel (d.1780), Lord of Doeberitz and Verbitz in Havelland, who was a Prussian general and commander of the Garde... Another 34 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Shaetze Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Shaetze family to the New World and Oceana
The state of Prussia
was a great influence on the shape of modern Germany
. After the Second World War, Prussia's land was divided among the Soviet Union
, Poland, East Germany
and West Germany
and the state was abolished. Some Prussians remained in those countries after the war, while many others migrated to North America in search of a new start. Philadelphia was their primary point of entry to the United States, after which many of them moved on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. A large number of Prussians also migrated to Ontario and the prairie provinces as United Empire Loyalists. Analysis of immigration records has shown some of the first Shaetzes to arrive in North America, and among them were: Johann Dieterich Schatz, came to New York City in 1710 at the age of 38; Heinrich Schatz arrived in Philadelphia in 1748 as did David Schatz in 1743 and Hans Schatz in 1753. Xaver Schaetzle came to Philadelphia in 1857..