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The distinguished family surname Shonbeck originated in the lands which eventually became the German state of Prussia. This state was known for its majestic landscape, its rapid industrial growth, its military power, and for its contributions to European culture. However, in the medieval era, Prussia was fragmented and inhabited by numerous barbarian tribes, who fought amongst themselves for control of the land. The borders of the barbarian kingdoms, which were established after the fall of the Roman Empire, changed repeatedly. The region that came to be known as Prussia was roughly divided between the territories of Brandenburg-Prussia, West Prussia and East Prussia. The Shonbeck family emerged in Brandenburg- Prussia, which is 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 the unification of Germany.

Shonbeck Early Origins



The surname Shonbeck was first found in the Electorate of Brandenburg, where this family name became a prominent contributor to the development of the district from ancient times. 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 nation.

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Shonbeck Spelling Variations


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Shonbeck Spelling Variations



One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Shonbeck include Schoenbeck, Schoenebeck, Schoenbecke, Schoenebeck, Schonbeck, Schoneck and many more.

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Shonbeck Early History


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Shonbeck Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Shonbeck research. Another 445 words (32 lines of text) covering the years 1282, 1144, 1330, 1500, 1691, 1735 and 1692 are included under the topic Early Shonbeck History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Shonbeck Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Shonbeck Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent bearers of the family name Shonbeck during this time period were Carl von Schoenebeck, who was the emissary from Brandenburg to the royal court in...

Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Shonbeck Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



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: Johann Michael Schoneck, who came to Philadelphia in 1753.

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

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    6. Steed, Henry Wickham . The Hapsburg Monarchy. London: Constable and Company, 1919. Print.
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    8. Nied, Edmund. Fraenkische Familiennamen urkundlich gesammelt und sprachlich gedeutet. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1933. Print.
    9. Hildenbrand, A.M. Wappenfibel. Handbuch der Heraldik. Neustadt an der Aisch: 1970. Print.
    10. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    11. ...

    The Shonbeck Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Shonbeck Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 18 September 2012 at 17:26.

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