Traccia araldica della famiglia: Schönwald Ancient German family, of clear and ancestral virtue, originally from Baden-Württemberg, that has spread, over the centuries, in different regions of the world. The origin of this surname should be sought in the union of the terms "Schön(e)" (= beautiful) and "wald" (= woodland). It is also the name of a small village in the Black Forest, in Germany, probably native place of the family. According to tradition, the family was declared noble because of the valuable services rendered to Charles IV, Holy Roman Empire, becoming part of the "Briefadel", the so-called new nobility as opposed to "Uradel", a term coined only in modern times, in reference to noble families whose ancestral lineage can be traced back to before the Middle Ages. Moreover, this family, in all ages, always stood out, thanks to the prominent figures, which gave birth, in the public service, in the liberal professions and in the... Continua
military service. Among these, without undervalue the omitted, we would like to mention: Karl, landowner in Baden-Württemberg, flourishing in 1489; Gerard, eminent jurist, flourishing in Baden-Württemberg, in the late fifteenth century; Thomas, learned jurist, working at the University of Tübingen, flourishing in 1511; Barth, landowner, flourishing in Baden-Württemberg, in 1523; Mark, Lutheran minister, flourishing in Baden-Württemberg, in 1532; Hans, militiaman by profession, flourishing in Baden-Württemberg, in the sixteenth century; Wolfgang, councilor in Freiburg, in 1610; Ralf Karl, jurist, flourishing in Baden-Württemberg, in 1614; Barth, landowner in Freiburg, flourishing in 1633; Thomas, military doctor, flourishing in Freiburg, in 1642; Hans, councilor in Freiburg, living in 1666; Karl, jurist, flourishing in the eighteenth century; Friedrich, general of cavalry; Anton, jurist in Freiburg, flourishing in 1750; Johannes, landowner, flourishing in Freiburg, in 1761. Family names so old, without any doubt, honor not only the families but also the cities that welcomed them; seems to be, in fact, very worthy living members of this family which, with much decorum, carry this noble surname, which has had several illustrious persons.