The German surname Shirrmann 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
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 Shirrmann family
The surname Shirrmann 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 Shirrmann family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Shirrmann research.Another 325 words (23 lines of text) covering the years 1390, 1396, 1783, 1825, 1623, 1686, 1829, 1893 and 1874 are included under the topic Early Shirrmann History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Shirrmann 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 Shirrmann include Schirrmann, Schirmann, Schirrman, Schuermann, Schurmann, Schurman, Scherman, Sherman (English), Schirmer and many more.
Early Notables of the Shirrmann family (pre 1700)
Prominent bearers of the family name Shirrmann during this time period 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... Another 38 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Shirrmann Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Shirrmann 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 Shirrmanns to arrive in North America, and among them were: Jorg Schirman, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1733; as did Simon Schirman in the same year. Bearers of the variation Scherman first arrived in the person of Heinrich Scherman in New York State in 1710. Bearers of the variation Schirmer first arrived in the person of Peter Schirmer in 1750.
The Shirrmann 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