This German and Ashkenazic Jewish surname of SCHRUMPF was a nickname for someone with a prominent scar. The name was derived from the Old German word SCHRAMME. Other spellings of the name include SCHRAMME, SCHRIMPF, SCHREMPF, SHCREMPP, SZRAM, SCHRAMMELL and SCHRAMLE. Surnames which were derived from ancient Germanic personal names have the same meaning in many languages. The court of Charlemagne (Charles the Great, king of the Franks (742-814) was Christian and Latin speaking). The vernacular was the Frankish dialect of Old High German, and the personal names in use were Germanic and vernacular. These names were adopted in many parts of northwest Europe, particularly among the noble ruling classes. Hereditary surnames were found in Germany in the second half of the 12th century - a little later than in England and France. It was about the 16th century that they became stabilized. Because of the close relationship between the English and German languages, some Germans are able to transform their names to the English form just by dropping a single letter. Many Germans have re-spelt their names in America. A great number of immigrants from Germany settled in Pennsylvania. After the start of the first World War, Germans in great numbers Anglicized their names in an effort to remove all doubt as to their patriotism. Afterwards some changed back, and then during World War II the problem became acute once more, and the changing started all over again, although not with as much intensity. On May 25th, 1897 at Columbia, Pennsylvania, Mrs Mary Gordon SCHRAM, widow of the late Gordon SCHRAM, a well known jeweler of Lebanon, County, married Mr Frank Gibbon. Mr. SCHRAMM had died in September 1889, within five months of their marriage at the age of 22. A posthumous child was born, a daughter Hilda. German or Teutonic heraldry extended its sphere of influence over central Europe and spread into Scandinavia. It is most notable for its design and treatment of crests, most of which reflect the arms in the charge or tinctures (colours) or both, which is unknown in British heraldry. Teutonic Europe assembled many arms on a single shield, each bearing its corresponding crest on a helmet.
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