Schultz Surname Genealogy

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

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further stories and accounts:

Schultz Names

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

Select Schultz Today

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




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