The German surname Schmelzer translates to:

  • Smelter
  • One Who Smelts Ore
  • Molter

The z is said as a ts.

In Pennsylvania the Schmeltzer spelling is predominantly used.

John Smeltzer, who is a member of the Smelser Descendants Genealogy Group (maintained by Brenda Smelser-Hay), writes a newsletter "All Things Schmelzer" for the Yahoo Gengroup mailing list. He is also the Coordinator of the y-DNA Project. He has posted the results at the project website.

Others researching this surname can be found at:

Some transcribers read the spelling SMELCER as SMELEER or SINCLARE/SINCLAIR