Schmalz Family History

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Schmalz Name Meaning

German and Austrian: from Middle High German smalz ‘tallow’, ‘grease’, ‘fat’, hence a metonymic occupational name for a chandler. Jewish (Ashkenazic): nickname from German Schmalz or Yiddish shmalts ‘animal fat’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Schmal, Schatz, Schmeltz, Schnall, Schall, Schmutz, Schalk, Schaal

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Schmalz Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Schmalz name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Schmalz. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Germanic Europe


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Baltic States


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Schmalz Family Origin

Where is the Schmalz family from?

Schmalz Family Occupations

What did your Schmalz ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Schmalz occupation in the USA was Farmer. 12% of Schmalz's were Farmers. Farmer, Shoe Maker and Taylor were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Schmalz. A less common occupation for the Schmalz family was Carpenter.

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  • Farmer

  • Shoe Maker

  • Taylor

  • Carpenter


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Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Schmalz ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Schmalz Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 7,000 census records available for the last name Schmalz. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Schmalz census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Schmalz. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 6,000 military records available for the last name Schmalz. For the veterans among your Schmalz ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Schmalz Life Expectancy

What is the average Schmalz lifespan?

Between 1952 and 2004, in the United States, Schmalz life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Schmalz in 1952 was 48, and 77 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Schmalz

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Schmalz ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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