Where did the German Schneider family come from? What is the German coat of arms/family crest? When did the Schneider family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the history of the family name?
The ancestral home of the Schneider family is in the German state of Bavaria. The name Schneider is an occupational hereditary surname, a type of surname that was taken from a word describing or common to the profession of the original bearer. It is a name for a person who worked as a tailor. This name is derived from the Old German word "snidanaere," which refers to a cloth cutter or a clothing tailor.
The German states were home to a diverse assortment of national groups during the medieval era. As a consequence, German surnames were subject to frequent spelling alterations and are distinguished by scores of regional variations. Surnames also evolved and changed with the German language, which was characterized by a multitude of local dialects and divided into the broad language groups of High and Low German. High German became the standard, Modern German language, whereas Low German, which was spoken in Westphalia, is closer to Dutch. Many German surnames may be recognized as belonging to a particular region by their suffixes. It was also common in Germany to add phrases to a name to express something about a person's place of origin, religious background, or character. Furthermore, since very few people were literate in the Middle Ages, names were often recorded in official documents by scribes who transcribed them according to how they sounded, rather than according to uniform spelling rules. The many spelling variations of the name Schneider include Schneidern, Schneidter, Schneyder, Schneid and many more.
First found in the Palatinate, in the south of Germany, where the name emerged in mediaeval times as one of the notable families of the region.
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 Schneider, or one of its variants, reaching North America shores very early: Bernard Schneider, who emigrated with his wife and three children to America in 1709; Wilhelm Schneider arrived in New York State in 1710. Among the over one hundred Schneiders who came to Philadelphia in the 18th century we found: Christian Schneider in 1729.
Suggested Readings for the name Schneider
* Notes on the Ancestors and Descendants of Robert Isaac Schneider, Born 14 May 1903, Bethel, Berks Co., Pa. by Schuyler C. Brossman.
* Remember: a Book to Honor the Family I Never Knew by Isidore C. Myers.
Some noteworthy people of the name Schneider
* Joseph Schneider, of an early pioneering family in Kitchener, Ontario, founded what is now the most well known meat processing business in Canada.
* Reinhold Schneider (1903-1958), renowned historical novelist
* William Charles Schneider (b. 1923), aeronautical engineer involved in the NASA space program
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