SCHROEDER Surname Meaning and Family History

What Does the Last Name Schroeder Mean?

The German last name Schroeder was often an occupational surname for a tailor.
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The German last name Schröder or Schroeder is an occupational name for a tailor or cutter of cloth, from the Middle Low German schroden or schraden, meaning "to cut." In northern Germany Schroeder was sometimes translated as "drayman," or one who delivered beer and wine.

Schröder is the 16th most common German surname.

Surname Origin: German


Famous People with the SCHROEDER Surname

  • Richard Bartlett "Ricky" Schroder, Jr. - American actor and film director
  • Friedrich Ludwig Schröder - German actor and prominent masonic leader
  • Abel Schrøder - Danish woodcarver
  • Christa Schroeder - personal secretary to Adolph Hitler
  • Ernst Schröder - German mathematician

Where is the SCHROEDER Surname Most Common?

Surname maps from indicate the Schröder surname is most common in northwestern Germany, especially in areas such as Hamburg, Region Hannover, Bremen, Lippe, Diepholz, Herford, Rendsburg-Eckernförde, Märkischer Kreis and Hochsauerlandkreis.

Surname distribution maps from Forebears do not specifically address the Schröder spelling, but indicate that the surname Shroder is most prevalent in Germany (although not as common as Schroeder), while the majority of individuals with the Schroeder spelling live in the United States. Based on population percentage, however, Schroeder is a much more common surname in Germany, and is especially common in Luxembourg, where it ranks as the 10th most common surname in the country. Data from WorldNames PublicProfiler varies (probably based on the interpretation of the umlaut spelling), pointing to Schroder being most prolific in Germany, followed by Denmark, Norway, Austria and the Netherlands, while Shroeder is by far the most common in Luxembourg, followed by the United States.

Genealogy Resources for the Surname SCHROEDER

Meanings of Common German Surnames
Uncover the meaning of your German last name with this free guide to the meanings and origins of common German surnames.

Schroeder Family Crest - It's Not What You Think
Contrary to what you may hear, there is no such thing as a Schroeder family crest or coat of arms for the Schroeder surname. Coats of arms are granted to individuals, not families, and may rightfully be used only by the uninterrupted male line descendants of the person to whom the coat of arms was originally granted.

Schroeder DNA Surname Project
Individuals with the Schroeder surname, and variations such as Schröder, Schrader, Schroder, Shrader, Shrawder, and Srader, are invited to participate in this group DNA project in an attempt to learn more about Schroeder family origins. The website includes information on the project, the research done to date, and instructions on how to participate.

SCHROEDER Family Genealogy Forum
This free message board is focused on descendants of Schroeder ancestors around the world.

FamilySearch - SCHROEDER Genealogy
Explore over 1.9 million results from digitized historical records and lineage-linked family trees related to the Schroeder surname on this free website hosted by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

SCHROEDER Surname Mailing List
Free mailing list for researchers of the Schroeder surname and its variations includes subscription details and a searchable archives of past messages. - SCHROEDER Genealogy & Family History
Explore free databases and genealogy links for the last name Schroeder.

GeneaNet - Schroeder Records
GeneaNet includes archival records, family trees, and other resources for individuals with the Schroeder surname, with a concentration on records and families from France and other European countries.

The Schroeder Genealogy and Family Tree Page
Browse genealogy records and links to genealogical and historical records for individuals with the Schroeder surname from the website of Genealogy Today.

References: Surname Meanings & Origins

Cottle, Basil. Penguin Dictionary of Surnames. Baltimore, MD: Penguin Books, 1967.

Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Collins Celtic (Pocket edition), 1998.

Fucilla, Joseph. Our Italian Surnames. Genealogical Publishing Company, 2003.

Hanks, Patrick and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford University Press, 1989.

Hanks, Patrick. Dictionary of American Family Names. Oxford University Press, 2003.

Reaney, P.H. A Dictionary of English Surnames. Oxford University Press, 1997.

Smith, Elsdon C. American Surnames. Genealogical Publishing Company, 1997.

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