The origin of the proud surname Shoemake can be traced to the historic kingdom of Bohemia, which is now part of Czechoslovakia. 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 Shoemake 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 Shoemake was an occupational name for a cobbler. The name Shoemake is derived from the Old German words "schuoch" and the suffix "mann," which means shoe maker.
Early Origins of the Shoemake family
The surname Shoemake was first found in the eastern regions of Saxony
and Bohemia, where the family was established in ancient times.
Early History of the Shoemake family
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Shoemake Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Schumann, Schuman, Schuhman, Schuhmann, Schuhermann, Schumacher, Shuhmacher, Schomann (northern Germany), Schomacher (northern Germany), Schomaker (northern Germany) and many more.
Early Notables of the Shoemake family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Shoemake family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Peter Schumacher, who came to Germantown, Pennsylvania in 1685; with his wife, Sarah Hendericks, and four children. He was the first of many Schumachers to come to Germantown near the end of the 17th century, among others were: Sarah Schumacher with eight children, in 1686.
Contemporary Notables of the name Shoemake (post 1700)
- Gayla Leigh Shoemake (b. 1941), American model, Miss Kansas 1960 and represented Kansas at the Miss America pageant in 1961
- Joseph Alonzo Shoemake (1891-1967), American Republican politician, Member of Missouri State House of Representatives from St. Francois County, 1925-26
- C. E. Shoemake, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Texas, 1956
- Kevin Paul Shoemake (b. 1965), English former professional footballer