Sholes History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Sholes family

The surname Sholes was first found in southern Germany, where the name was closely identified in early mediaeval times with the feudal society which would become prominent throughout European history. Chronicles first mention Dietschi Schuoler of Basel in 1270, and Johann Schuller in 1393. They would later emerge as a noble family with great influence, having many distinguished branches, and become noted for their involvement in social, economic and political affairs.

Early History of the Sholes family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sholes research. Another 184 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1713, 1784, 1833, 1734, 1804, 1782, 1713, 1627, 1683, 1657, 1724, 1719 and 1720 are included under the topic Early Sholes History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Sholes Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Schuler, Schueler, Schueller, Schoeler (Westphalia), Scholer (Westphalia), Schuyler and many more.

Early Notables of the Sholes family (pre 1700)

Notables of the time with the surname Sholes were Peter Schuller, a prominent and royal judge of the city of Znaym in Bohemia, who was ennobled in 1713 and awarded the...
Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Sholes Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


New Zealand Sholes 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:

Sholes Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • John Sholes, aged 26, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Westminster" in 1843

Contemporary Notables of the name Sholes (post 1700) +

  • Stephen H. Sholes (1911-1968), American recording executive with RCA Victor responsible for signing Elvis Presley, Chet Atkins, Eddy Arnold, The Browns, Hank Snow, Jim Reeves and many more
  • Christopher Latham Sholes (1819-1890), American inventor who received the first patent for what he called a "type-writer" and the QWERTY keyboard layout
  • Walter H. Sholes, American politician, U.S. Consul in Gothenberg, 1919-24; Trieste, 1926-29; Brussels, 1931-32; U.S. Consul General in Milan, 1938; Basel, 1943-47
  • Sol Sholes, American politician, Candidate for Justice of New York Supreme Court 2nd District, 1931, 1932
  • Romeo W. Sholes (b. 1836), American Republican politician, Member of Vermont State House of Representatives from Orwell, 1888
  • Charles C. Sholes (b. 1817), American Republican politician, Telegraph operator; Mayor of Kenosha, Wisconsin, 1852-56; Member of Wisconsin State Assembly, 1855; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Wisconsin, 1860
  • C. Lathan Sholes (b. 1820), American Republican politician, Member of Wisconsin State Senate, 1848-49, 1856-57 (16th District 1848-49, 8th District 1856-57); Member of Wisconsin State Assembly, 1852-53; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Wisconsin, 1856; Postmaster at Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 1863-64
  • Charles Clark Sholes (1816-1867), American politician, Mayor of Kenosha, Wisconsin


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