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Name and Spelling Variations

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Name and Spelling Variations

Posted: 1 Dec 2006 12:49PM GMT
Classification: Query
One of the difficulties in researching the SHEETS, SHEETZ, SCHEETZ, SHEATS, etc. surname is the variety of ways in which the name can be spelled. Standard spellings did not begin in the US until the mid to late 1800s, and many of us have found variations of the spelling into the 20th century. In addition, the surname, even when spelled consistently or "correctly", can easily be confused with other similar surnames.

It is believed that the "original" name of those of us in the US who claim German ancestry but now carry more anglicized versions was Schutz (with an umlaut) or Schuetz.

This is a list of spelling variations that I have discovered in my research. Those that seem to be the most common are noted with an asterisk (*). If anyone has any additions to this list, or other comments, please let me know.


SCHEETS*
SCHEETZ*
SCHETS
SCHETZ
SCHEUTZ

SCHIETZ
SCHITS
SCHITTS
SCHITZ*
SCHITZE

SCHUEZ
SCHUTZ*
SCHUTZE
SCHUTZES
SCHUETZ

SHEATS*
SHEATZ

SHEETS*
SHEETTS
SHEETZ*
SHEETZE
SHEITZ
SHETS
SHETZ
SHEUTTS

SHIETZ
SHITS
SHITZ*
SHITZES

SHOOTS

SHUETZ
SHUITZ
SHUTTS
SHUTTZ
SHUTZ*


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The following do not appear to be real surnames, but are examples of how I have found my ancestors' name mispelled in modern indexes:

SHRETTS (1850 census; census taker actually spelled it Sheetts)
SHETYS (1810 census; census taker actually spelled it Shetz)

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The following are different, presumably unrelated, surnames which I have seen confused both by original scribes and more modern indexers with our name:

SCHATZ
SEITS/SEITZ
SHOTTS
SHULTZ
SLUTS/SLUTZ

Hope this helps; when the list is "finalized" with your help, I intend to print it out and post by my computer and in the binder I take with me on research trips, as Soundex searches are not always available or helpful.
SubjectAuthorDate Posted
Connie Sheets 1 Dec 2006 7:49PM GMT 
Wannsee 2 Nov 2007 7:50PM GMT 
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