Schultz Surname Meaning, History & Origin

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and Schultz are common German family names.  Derived
from the word schulheize, the original meaning was as
a collector of dues and
taxes on behalf of the lord of the manor.
An early example as a surname was Godescalus Sculte who was a
burger in
Hamburg in 1249.
By the 13th century the
name was developing a more specific meaning as the head man or alderman
of the
village. Every small town in Germany had its schulzmann or mayor.  The surname also extended into Scandinavia.  In Silesia the spelling could be Scholz or Scholtz.

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Schultz Ancestry

Schulz and Shultz surnames
in Germany are found principally in northern Germany, with
around large cities such as Berlin, Hamburg and Hanover.
Many 19th century emigrants came from what
was then Prussia.  The Schulz numbers in
Germany today run around 210,000, Schultz around 35,000.

America.  By contrast, the
spelling breakdown today in America is:

  • Schultz
    (49,000), most common in Minnesota
  • Schulz
    (12,000), most common in Texas
  • and
    Shultz (8,000), most common in Pennsylvania.  

.  Some of t
Schultzes were from the Rhineland
Palatinate.  Schultzes from Friedelsheim
came to Philadelphia in 1731, 1737 and, finally with Johannes and
Schultz on the Loyal Judith, in

They settled in Kreutz Creek in what became York county,
Pennsylvania.  The Schultz House in
Hellam township, still standing, was built around 1752.
Their son John Schultz kept a tavern in
York Town and later
moved to Baltimore. Another line began with Peter
Schultz, a blacksmith in Hanover township.

Two months after the death of his father in Silesia, George Schultz
in 1734 with his brothers Melchior and Christopher and others of their
Schwenkfelder faith for Philadelphia.  George’s son Melchior
became a
Schwenkfelder minister in Montgomery county, Pennsylvania.
The farmhouse Melchior acquired in 1794 in
Upper Hanover township remained for six generations with the Schultz
until 1969.

and Maria Schultz from Silesia came on the Moravian ship Irene
to New York in 1748 and settled in
Bethlehem, Northampton county.  Their
descendants made their home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  A Moravian Schultheiss
family from Switzerland came to
Bethania, North Carolina in 1769 where the family spelling became
Schultz and
later Shultz.  The Christian Thomas
Shultz log house, built there around 1830, still stands.

Later Arrivals.  Schultzes arrived in
larger numbers in the 19th
century and they mainly headed for the Midwest. Among
their number were:

  • William
    Schultz who came to America with
    his parents from Germany in 1829 and made his home in Owen county,
    where he farmed.  His son Fred was a
    mill-owner at Poland in Clay county.
  • John
    and Mary Schultz from Prussia who came to Illinois
    in 1854 and ten years later were pioneer settlers in Poweshiek county,
    Iowa.  The old homestead, upon which John
    located on coming to Malcom township, was all unbroken prairie land at
    time.  He and his son Jacob were the only
    white men who had any part in its cultivation and development.
  • Carl
    Schultz who arrived in
    Wisconsin as a young man in the 1850’s and settled in
    county.  His two sons
    Theodore and Edward were prominent farmers there.
  • another
    Carl Schultz, in this
    case from Prussia, who came to Minnesota in the 1850’s and engaged in
    practices, including a successful real estate and loan company, before
    up his own lumber company in Minneapolis in 1908.
  • and
    Carl Schulz
    from Pomerania who arrived in
    New York in 1873 and headed straight out to Nebraska to farm.  He endured hard time there in the 1870’s and
    1880’s before eventually
  • and
    yet another Carl Schulz, the son of
    German immigrants, who worked on a string of Midwestern farms in his
    youth in
    order to save money to go to barber school.  When
    he settled in Minneapolis in the 1910’s, he purchased a
    with a partner.  His only son Charles M.
    , born in 1922, was the famous cartoonist.

number of Schultzes, mainly from Prussia, came to Texas in the 1850’s
during the wave of German immigration there at that time.
Among them were:

  • Christoph
    Schultz and his
    family and Friedrich Schulze and his family who both came to Galveston
    in 1852
  • and
    Friedrich Schultz and his wife Maria who came to Hampden in 1854.

Schultz came to New York from Germany also in the 1850’s and anglicized
name to Shultz.  His grandson Birl Earl
Shultz was a New York securities expert in the 1920’s, his great
grandson George
Shultz a senior Cabinet minister in the Nixon and Reagan

Jewish.  Many Schultzes in America have been
Jewish.  They have ranged from Dutch
Schultz, the New York mobster in the 1930’s, to Howard Schultz, the man
who put
the Starbucks coffee chain on the global map.

John C. Schultz was born in
1840 at Amherstburg on the Detroit river in Ontario to a Norwegian
father from
Bergen and an Irish mother.   When he
six his father abandoned the family.  At
the age of twenty he headed west to the Red River settlement where he
renowned for his prodigious strength (he was once seen singlehandedly
moving an
oxcart weighing 900 pounds).  He was for
much of his life an inflammatory newspaperman.
However, he later became a respectable Manitoba politician and
knighted in 1895.

South Africa.  There were German
settlers that came to the
Eastern Cape in the late 1850’s.  The
Schultz family, said to have been of French Huguenot origin, came on
the Wilhelmsburg to East London with the
Falkenbergs in 1859.  Justine Schultz
later married Michael Falkenberg.

Australia.  There were Lutheran Germans
from Silesia, fleeing
religious persecution, who embarked for South Australia in 1842 and
made their
home in the Barossa valley.  The Schulz
family, originally butchers, started making wine there in 1865.  They still do, under Marcus Schulz of the
present generation.

Johann Joachim
and his family from Prussia emigrated to South
Australia on the
Heloise in 1847.  However,
after torrential rains wiped out their
home outside Adelaide six years later, they migrated to Tarrington,


Schultz Miscellany

John Schultz of York County, Pennsylvania.  In 1758 his parents Johannes
and Christina Schultz both passed away, leaving their house to
John.  John
received then a license to operate a tavern at the family home.  He later learned that his parents had been
squatters.  As a result in 1761 he paid the legal landowners 200
pounds to
purchase the 200 acres and the two-story house that his parents had

The Schultzburg plantation, as the property
was known, proved attractive to the Continental Army and in 1781 the
land was
seized for use as a prisoner of war camp.  John himself was fighting in the Continental Army as a private.

After the war was over, the Shultzes relocated to York Town.  At first John Schultz kept a tavern there.  He later moved to Baltimore where he became President of the Baltimore Steamship Company.  He died there in 1820, leaving five daughters.. 

William Schultz An American Railroad Pioneer.  William Schultz had been one of the pioneer railroad men in the United States.  Associated in the 1830’s with the old firm of
Isaac and Levi Morris in Philadelphia, rivals at that time to the
Locomotive Works, he was sent by them to Berlin with two locomotives
that had
been ordered by the Emperor who had a little railroad that ran the 16
between Berlin and Potsdam.

remained in Europe after that mission in Russia.  When
he had been there for a year he sent for
his family to join him.  After weeks on a
sailing vessel they reached St. Petersburg, their home for the next
years.  During that period the
development of railroads in Russia gained steady momentum.  At one time the Government offered William
Schultz general charge of the entire railroad system of the Russian
Empire.  This, however, he declined and in
1852 he returned
to America and Philadelphia.

Schulzes remained in Philadelphia until 1888 when his son George moved
family to establish a new home in what was known as the Wayne
estate, at
that time a quiet rural part of Pennsylvania.

Johann Joachim Schulz in Australia.  Johann Joachim Schulz who had emigrated to Australia with
his family from Germany in 1847 was a Lutheran, but more specifically a

Pietism had many dimensions.  But
personal prayer was central to their faith and personal
morality was given great emphasis.  The
concern for personal feeling in religion often led to a downgrading of
teaching.  Pietists could cross
denominational boundaries more easily.  Reformed
and Lutheran teachings could be put together.  Pietists
tended to see the church as more true
when engaged in small home groups with bible study and prayer rather
than in
Sunday worship.

The Pietist outlook of J.J.
Schulz was evident from where he chose to worship in Victoria.  It
was not at
Tarrington where his family lived and where was a Lutheran church with
a Honover-born
pastor; but instead at South Hamilton in a group known to be
influenced by Pietism.

Hymn books handed
down in the family were not the old Lutheran Breslau hymnals, but
Song Books and Sankey’s songs.  Most of
the family prayer books were from the great Pietists of the period.

Some of the fine concern for personal prayer
and support of missions remained in the Schulz family. The
strong Pietist outlook J.J. Schulz brought
with him probably set a pattern to follow for the following Schulzes of
generations in Australia.

Carl Schulz in Nebraska.  Among the leading old settlers of
Pierce county, Nebraska was Carl Schulz, a native of the village of Beverdick
in the province of Pomerania, Germany.
Born there in 1844, he emigrated in 1873, arriving in New York
after a
sixteen day voyage from Liverpool.

After landing in New York he headed directly
to Nebraska and settled on the land in section six, township
twenty-five, range
one in Pierce county.  But owing to hard
times there, he sought work in Iowa for two years to keep
family in provisions.

In Nebraska he
could not help escaping the privations and hardships of the early
days.  In 1873 his crops were burned out by
the hot
winds and for three years the grasshoppers took everything, which
caused him
great suffering.  He endured high
water levels in 1881 and went through the blizzard of 1888.

After all these trials he succeeded in developing
a good farm with five hundred and twenty acres of land and was
profitably engaged
in mixed farming and stock-raising.

Charles M. Schulz and Peanuts.  Charles M. Schulz was an American cartoonist, best known for the comic strip Peanuts which
featured the characters Snoopy and Charlie Brown among others. He is
regarded as one of the most influential cartoonists of all time.

A fellow cartoonist Bill Watterson wrote in 2007:

Peanuts pretty much
defines the modern comic strip, so even now it’s hard to see it with
eyes.  The clean, minimalist drawings,
the sarcastic humor, the unflinching emotional honesty, the inner
thoughts of a
household pet, the serious treatment of children, the wild fantasies,
merchandising on an enormous scale – in countless ways, Schulz blazed
the wide
trail that most every cartoonist since has tried to follow.” 

Howard Schultz and Starbucks.  Howard Schultz
was born in Brooklyn in 1953. The child of two high-school
dropouts, he grew up in a public housing project.
It was here he said that he experienced one of the
defining moments of his life.

At the
age of seven Schultz came home one day to find his father “laying on
couch with a cast from his hip to his ankle” after being injured on the
job. His father was an army vet and a truck driver with no workman’s
compensation, no severance, and no health insurance.

“I saw the fracturing of the American dream
and I saw my parents go through hopelessness and despair.
And those scars, that shame, that is with me
even today.”

took on a wide
range of odd jobs in school and following graduation.  Then
he discovered Starbucks.

the early 1980’s he joined the company and
became convinced that Starbucks could achieve a seemingly impossible
goal – remain
premium while becoming ubiquitous.  But he
was unable to convince the Starbucks founders that the company could be
international chain, not just a coffee roaster.

in 1987 he acquired the Starbucks’ brand and its 17 locations from
its founders.  Then Schultz began
planting the seeds for one of the most ambitious retail expansions in
history.  The Starbuck locations around the
world now
number 27,300.


Schultz Names

  • Dutch Schultz, born Arthur Flegenheimer, was a prominent New York mobster who was gunned down in 1935. 
  • Charles M. Schulz was an American
    cartoonist, best known for the comic strip Peanuts
    featuring characters such as Snoopy and Charlie Brown.
    He is widely regarded as one of the most
    influential cartoonists of all time. 
  • George P. Shultz was the American
    economist and Government minister who held a number of high positions in the
    Nixon and Reagan administrations. 
  • Howard Schultz was the main force behind
    the development of Starbucks coffee into the global brand that it is today

Select Schultz Numbers Today

  • 69,000 in America (most numerous in Wisconsin)
  • 9,000 elsewhere (most numerous in Australia)


Select Schultz and Like Surnames 

The first wave of German immigration into America came in the early 1700’s from the Rhine Palatine and Switzerland.  They were fleeing religious persecution at home.  Most ended up in Pennsylvania, bringing their Mennonite church with them.  Some went to the Mohawk Valley in upstate New York.  Their Germanic names often changed under English rule to English-style names.  Thus Fischer became Fisher, Schneider Snyder, Hubner Hoover and so forth.

The reasons for immigration were different in the 19th century – in search of a better life, sometimes to avoid the draft.  They came from all German states and went not just to Pennsylvania but all over as the middle and west of the country was opening up.  And they brought German skills with them, notably beer-making.

Here are some of the notable German surnames in America that you can check out.





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