Rhineland was the original home of the ancestors of the Shuette surname. Shuette was a local name, a type of hereditary surname that identified people by the places where they lived. Landowners were the first to use local names, and they often attached the prefix "von", meaning "of" or "from," to the surname. Often, the use of "von" was a mark of aristocratic birth. Local names are by far the most common style of German hereditary surname. Shuette was a name for someone who lived in the region of Schuetz in various areas of Germany.
Early Origins of the Shuette family
Rhineland valley, where this old family name became a prominent contributor to the development of the district from ancient times. Numerous family members bearing this name were prominent in social affairs. The family, as it spread throughout Germany, played a fundamental role in many regions as they emerged to form alliances with other families within the Feudal System. Chronicles first mention Johann Scuette of Luebeck in 1319 and Woelfel Schuetze of Eger in 1320.
Early History of the Shuette family
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Shuette 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 Shuette include Schuetze, Schuett, Schuette, Schuetzmann and others.
Early Notables of the Shuette family (pre 1700)
Notables with the name Shuette during this period were Katharina Zell née Schütz (1497-1562), German Protestant writer during the Reformation; Caspar Schütz (c. 1540-1594), German historian, Professor of Poetry at the University of Königsberg from 1562 to 1565; Heinrich Schütz (1585-1672), the outstanding German composer of the 17th century, who wrote...
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Migration of the Shuette family to the New World and Oceana
Hundreds of thousands of Europeans, including many Rhinelanders, made the voyage to North America between the 17th and 20th centuries. It was an escape from religious persecution and poverty and also an opportunity for people to start over and own their own land. Most landed at Ellis Island, off New York before moving on to the states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Illinois, and California. Some also landed in Canada and settled in Ontario, while others headed west to the prairie provinces. A study of passenger and immigration lists has shown a number of people bearing the name of Shuette, or one of its variants, reaching North America shores very early: John Schuetz, who arrived in England or America in 1709 at the age of 46 with his wife and four daughters. Leopold Schuetz came to Canada at the age of 23 in 1783. Many of the Schuetz family emigrated to Texas, among them: Johann Peter Schuetz and Ludwig Schuetz with his wife and two children in 1845.
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