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German meanings for Schroeder and its variations:

  • Schroder, Schröder, Schroeder - tailor
  • Schröer - tailor
  • Schroeter, Schröter - tailor; carter; driver; cooper

- The German word Schröter (Schroetter) is a drayman or brewer's van driver. It is also a type of beetle(source Peter Schroeder). -a Schroder (with dots above the o) was someone who ripped cloth...like a tailor, or shredder.(source Sara Schroeder). -(source Peter Schroeder again) In both cases the name Schroeder (Schröder) probably has some relationship to the modern German noun "Schrot" (coarsely ground or shredded grain or grouts) and the verb "schroten" (to roughly grind grain, to crush, to nibble). The etymology of the word "shred" (acc. to Webster) is the related Middle High German verb "scrotan" or Middle Dutch "schroden," meaning to shred (grain). Someone who ripped up clothe may have been called a "Risser" or "Ritzer", based on the modern German verb "reißen." For example, a shredding machine is called a "Reißwolf." The umlaut over the German vowels "a, o, u" indicates a vowel shift that can also be represented by a following "e." In some old German text, the umlaut is actual a little "e" printed over the vowel. In English, we see similar vowel shifts; for example the verb "to shrive" and "shrovetide" or "grow" and "grew" -occupational in orgin. Schroeder is derived from the Middle High German verb"schroden" meaning "to cut with scissors" and by extension , the term was applied to a tailor.(Mike Schroeder)