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Schulz 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. E
very 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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The Schulz and Shultz surnames in Germany are found principally in northern Germany, with concentrations 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.

.  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.  
Early Presence.  Some of these Schultzes were from the Rhineland Palatinate.  Schultzes from Friedelsheim came to Philadelphia in 1731, 1737 and, finally with Johannes and Christina Schultz on the Loyal Judith, in 1742. 

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 departed in 1734 with his brothers Melchior and Christopher and others of their Schwenkfelder faith for Philadelphia.  Georgeís 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 family until 1969.

Gottfried 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, Indiana 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 that 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 1850ís and settled in Outagamie 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 1850ís and engaged in various practices, including a successful real estate and loan company, before starting 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 1870ís and 1880ís before eventually prospering.
  • 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 1910ís, he purchased a barbershop with a partner.  His only son Charles M. Schulz, born in 1922, was the famous cartoonist.
A number of Schultzes, mainly from Prussia, came to Texas in the 1850ís 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.
Peter Milton Schultz came to New York from Germany also in the 1850ís and anglicized his name to Shultz.  His grandson Birl Earl Shultz was a New York securities expert in the 1920ís, his great grandson George Shultz a senior Cabinet minister in the Nixon and Reagan administrations.

.  Many Schultzes in America have been Jewish.  They have ranged from Dutch Schultz, the New York mobster in the 1930ís, 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 was six his father abandoned the family.  At the age of twenty he headed west to the Red River settlement where he became 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 was knighted in 1895.

South Africa
.  There were German settlers that came to the Eastern Cape in the late 1850ís.  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.

.  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 Schultz 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, Victori

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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.

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

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