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Shimp Coat of Arms / Shimp Family Crest

Shimp Coat of Arms / Shimp Family Crest

The German surname of SHIMP was a nickname applied to a man who was a jester or one who laughed and joked a great deal. Later the name came to have the meaning of insulting behavior. Surnames having a derivation from nicknames form the broadest and most miscellaneous class of surnames, encompassing many different types of origin. The most typical classes refer adjectivally to the general physical aspect of the person concerned, or to his character. Many nicknames refer to a man's size or height, while others make reference to a favoured article of clothing or style of dress. Many surnames derived from the names of animals and birds. In the Middle Ages ideas were held about the characters of other living creatures, based on observation, and these associations were reflected and reinforced by large bodies of folk tales featuring animals behaving as humans. This name is also spelt SCHIMPF, SCHIMPE, SHIMPE and SCHIMPFE. David H. Beyer, born in November, 1863 married Anna E. SHIMP, and they lived in Bart township, Pennsylvania. The union produced two sons, John and Ralph. Alfred SCHIMPF is a banker in New York, and Charles SCHIMPFF is a mutual fund executive in Los Angeles. The first hereditary surnames on German soil are found in the second half of the 12th century, slightly later than in England and France. However, it was not until the 16th century that they became stabilized. The practice of adopting hereditary surnames began in the southern areas of Germany, and gradually spread northwards during the Middle Ages. 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-spelled their names in America. 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. Many immigrants from Germany settled in Pennsylvania.


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Last Updated: Dec. 1st, 2021

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