Schmidt family crest


Schmidt family crest

Colors on the Schmidt family crest explained

Argent (silver) - symbolizes peacefulness and sincerity. Two things the things the early Schmidt family believed in most.

Azure (blue) - represents the Schmidt family's loyalty and truthful nature.

Or (Gold) - symbolizes the historical generosity of this ancient family.


  Symbols on the Schmidt family crest explained 

The lion - represents ferociousness, bravery and valour, one of the most desirable family crest symbols.

The hammer - signifies the Schmidt historical trade of blacksmithing.


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Origins of the Schmidt family name

The earliest known origin of the name Schmidt is in the German state of Bavaria.

It is a German surname meaning "smith" or "metalworker".

The name is first found in the 13th century, and is likely derived from the occupation of blacksmith or metalworker.

The name Schmidt is also found in other German-speaking countries such as Austria and Switzerland.


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Summary of the Schmidt family and the Schmidt family crest

  • The first recorded use of the surname Schmidt was in Germany in the 13th century.
  • The name is derived from the German word "schmidt" meaning metalworker.
  • Early Schmidt families were often also involved in carpentry or woodworking.
  • The Schmidt family was originally from the Rhineland region of Germany. In the early 14th century, they settled in the town of Frankfurt am Main.
  • Over the centuries, the family members became prominent in the city's social and economic life.
  • The Schmidt surname was common in Germany by the 16th century.
  • Immigrants bearing the Schmidt surname arrived in America in the 18th and 19th centuries.
    • The history of the Schmidt family name in America can be traced back to the early eighteenth century, when a German immigrant named Johann Schmidt settled in Philadelphia.
    • Many of these early immigrants to the New World were farmers or farm workers and of course, many still blacksmiths.
    • Over the next several generations, the Schmidt family name became established in the United States, with members of the family living in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and other states.
    • Today, the Schmidt family name is found throughout the United States.
    • Today, Schmidt is still the 11th most common surname in Germany.
    • The Schmidt surname is also common in Austria, Switzerland, and the Netherlands.
    • The name remains less common in English-speaking countries except for the United States where those with the name can all trace their ancestors back to ancient Europe.