This crest tells the living history of our Schmidt Family as her members went from local to global.
The outside bands of color represent the German flag – with one additional band of purple. The purple band represents those of us who joined the Schmidt family by choice – not by blood. The bands say, “It doesn’t matter how you got here; we’re all in this together”.
The compass and flag in the center of this crest recognizes those who have stayed in Machtlos as well as those who have journeyed in all directions from Machtlos.
The upper left quadrant— Whether they stayed or left, our family ancestors discovered that the eagle (a sign of bravery) is the national bird of both Germany and the United States. You can see that even though she is flying free, she is also firmly hanging on to her German heritage.
The upper right quadrant— The leaves of the oak tree represent the strength and perseverance of generations – past and present.
The lower left quadrant — The image of a plow is superimposed upon an open Bible. Both then and now, hard work is honorable when based upon strong values.
The lower right quadrant — The unending road binds together those who wrote the Schmidt family history and those generations to come. The journey continues.
Hence, the words at the top of the crest — Generations Journey Together.
Sarah is the wife of Gordon Schmidt, daughter-in-law of Arnold Schmidt, granddaughter-in-law of Henry Schmidt Jr., great-granddaughter-in-law of Henry Schmidt Sr., 2xgreat-granddaughter-in-law of Conrad Schmidt, 3xgreat-granddaughter-in-law of Dietrich Schmidt Sr., 4xgreat-granddaughter-in-law of Johann Friedrich Schmidt, 5xgreat-granddaughter-in-law of Johannes Schmidt Jr., 6xgreat-granddaughter-in-law of Johannes Schmidt Sr., 7xgreat-granddaughter-in-law of Hans Heinrich Schmidt, and 8xgreat-granddaughter-in-law of Hans Schmidt.
Behold our official Schmidt Family Crest!
Designed by cousin Sarah Schmidt, chosen by a popular vote of Schmidt family members, and polished up by professional heraldry artist Susi Galloway to abide by heraldic standards, this beautiful design now serves as YOUR own official coat of arms.
You will be able to see your family crest at our world record Schmidt Reunion at the Fairgrounds in Spencer, Iowa on July 30-31! Please give your most generous donation to the Reunion Fund to help us make this the best family gathering in world history.
The meaning of the elements in the shield, as explained by original designer Sarah Schmidt: