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 Shatz. 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 Shatz family.
Early Origins of the Shatz family
The surname Shatz 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 Shatz family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Shatz research.Another 403 words (29 lines of text) covering the years 1780, 1470, 1665, 1821 and 1780 are included under the topic Early Shatz History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Shatz 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 Shatz include Schaeztel, Schatz, Schatzel, Schatzl, Schatze, Schaetze, Schaetzle and many more.
Early Notables of the Shatz family (pre 1700)
Prominent bearers of the family name Shatz 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 Shatz Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Shatz family to the New World and Oceana
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:
Shatz Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Minnie Shatz, aged 40, who emigrated to America, in 1908
- Rosa Shatz, who landed in America, in 1908
- Make Shatz, aged 8, who landed in America from Stockport, England, in 1912
- Ada Shatz, aged 18, who settled in America from Aiwinski, Russia, in 1913
- Bassie Shatz, aged 17, who landed in America from Tresk, Russia, in 1913
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Contemporary Notables of the name Shatz (post 1700)
- Carla J. Shatz Ph.D., American neurobiologist
- Leslie Shatz, American Academy Award nominated sound engineer for his work on the film The Mummy