Surname:Remeschatis

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As best I've found, there is only one U.S. Remeschatis (extended) family, all descended from Family:Carl Remeschatis and Matilda Bartels (1) who emigrated to the U.S. in 1871 from Germany. I have not found the name in present-day records in any other country (including Germany). The name's origin and meaning remain mysterious; I'd welcome any insights into its possible origins.

My grandfather Remeschatis said his family was from Place:Alsace-Lorraine, France, but I have found evidence that this is more likely his maternal family. Person:Carl Remeschatis (1), the immigrant, is reported to have been born in Place:Neustrelitz, Mecklenburg-Strelitz, Germany, and the one earlier Remeschatus (note alternate spelling) I have found, Johan, is born in Rostock in 1792. He's listed in the 1819 Mecklenburg-Schwerin Census in Rostock. His occupation is "hautboist," a musician playing a woodwind instrument, probably similar to the modern oboe, but possibly a flute or even some other instrument, if he was a musician for a military regiment. See From Renaissance to Baroque, p. 149-150.

Brenda, here is an article from U.S. News & World Report about a lady named Linda Remeschatis. Perhaps you could contact her for more information about her ancestry to see if there might be a connection or to see if she knows the origins of her (or her husband's) surname. It seems to be an unusually rare name. Good luck in your search. --BobC 10:51, 19 January 2010 (EST)
I believe (no promises) that schatis/schatus is an earlier common spelling for the German schatz, which means "heart." And schatus probably has a Latin root. I can't make a guess about the origin of the "reme" part, but I suspect the name might have some relation to Roman Catholic history or liturgy. --Mike 16:24, 23 January 2010 (EST)

My guess for the surname Remeschatis (since I can't a proper reference either), is a latinized version of the town Remscheid. By the way, I can find no references to schatz=heart. The German word Schatz means a valuable thing, ie. treasure, darling, money hoard, etc. --Bgwiehle 12:43, 25 January 2010 (EST)


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