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Where did the German Show family come from? What is the German Show family crest and coat of arms? When did the Show family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Show family history?

The Show surname comes from the Middle High German word "schouwen" meaning "to inspect;" as such, the name is thought to have originally been occupational, for some kind of inspector, perhaps an official of a market.


Spelling variations of this family name include: Schauer, Schauerr, Schaueer, Schauere, Schaueres, Schauers, Schaauer, Schaauers, Schauerrs, Schorr, Schaw, Schor, Schore and many more.

First found in Baden, where the name was anciently associated with the tribal conflicts of the area. They declared allegiances to many nobles and princes of early history, lending their influence in struggles for power and status within the region. They branched into many houses, and their contributions were sought by many leaders in their search for power.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Show research. Another 156 words(11 lines of text) covering the years 1808 and 1813 are included under the topic Early Show History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Show Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Show Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Henry Show, who arrived in Virginia in 1711
  • William Show, who arrived in America in 1725


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  10. Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. Print.
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The Show Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Show 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 30 June 2014 at 01:25.

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