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The distinguished surname Shrout emerged in the former German province of East Prussia. The name is derived from the Low German verb "schroden," meaning "cut" or "chop," and was most likely originally borne by a wood-cutter, a tailor, or a transporter of beer and wine (known in North Germany as a Shröder).

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The surname Shrout was first found in the northeastern regions of Germany, where the name was closely identified in early mediaeval times with the feudal society which would have prominent effects on the development of European history. The name would later be linked to noble families of great influence, having many distinguished branches, and becoming renowned for their involvement in social, economic and political affairs.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Schroeder, Schroder, Schroeter, Schroter, Shrout, Shroter, Shrouter, Schröder, Schöter and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Shrout research. Another 367 words (26 lines of text) covering the years 1362, 1557, 1698, 1700, 1723, 1744, 1751, 1759, 1781, 1792, 1802, 1804, 1816, 1860, and 1868 are included under the topic Early Shrout History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 82 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Shrout Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Hans Schroeder and his wife Aeltje Jans, who came to New York in 1641; Johann Arnoltt Schrodter, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1738; Henrich Schroeder, who arrived in Pennsylvania sometime between 1741 and 1767.

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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Allein beim Christus den ewigen freiheit
Motto Translation: Christ alone for eternal freedom

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The Shrout Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Shrout 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 29 October 2012 at 11:27.

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