Shriner History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Bavaria, Germany is the ancestral home of the Shriner family. The Germans began using hereditary surnames in the 12th century. Shriner is an occupational name, which was derived from the kind of work done by the original bearer. It is a name for a joiner, specialized carpenter, or cabinetmaker. The name and its many variations come from the Latin word Scrinium which means carpenter or woodworker.

Early Origins of the Shriner family

The surname Shriner was first found in Franconia and Austria, where the name emerged in mediaeval times as one of the notable families of the region. From the 13th century the surname was identified with the great social and economic evolution which made this nation a landmark contributor to the development of Europe.

Early History of the Shriner family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Shriner research. Another 85 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1405, 1864, 1868, 1857, 1919, 1899 and 1914 are included under the topic Early Shriner History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Shriner 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 Shriner include Schreiner, Schreindl, Schryner (mediaeval), Shriner, Schriner, Schreindel, Shrindel and many more.

Early Notables of the Shriner family (pre 1700)

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United States Shriner migration to the United States +

European migration to North America began in the mid-17th century and continued unabated until the mid-20th. Many Bavarians made the long trip to escape poverty or persecution based on their religious beliefs. The chance for tenant farmers to own their own land was also a major drawing card. They settled all across the United States in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Many came to Canada also, settling in Ontario and the prairie provinces. Analysis of immigration records has shown some of the first Shriners to arrive in North America, and among them were:

Shriner Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Martin Shriner, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1760 [1]
  • Abraham Shriner, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1761 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Shriner (post 1700) +

  • Wil Shriner (b. 1953), American actor, comedian, director and game show host
  • Herbert Arthur "Herb" Shriner (1918-1970), American humorist, radio personality and television host; he and his wife were killed when the brakes failed in his vintage Studebaker Avanti
  • Scott Gregory Shriner (b. 1965), American guitarist and singer-songwriter, best known as a member of the rock band Weezer

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8) on Facebook
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