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About the Schiff surname

The Schiff family is of Austrian origin.

Leopold Schiff married Johanna, and gave birth to Carl Gottlieb Samuele Schiff (1838-1905). They lived in the USA.

Carl Schiff married Mary Ballard Burch (1861-1922). They had many children. Around the time of the First World War, German-sounding names were unpopular, so the family changed its name to Schiff-Burch, then Burch Schiiff, then Burch, dropping Schiff entirely within a couple of generations.

My Schiff family tree eminates from Russia where the surname was Schiffmanovitch. —Paul Schiff

I believe Carl was named after his grandfather Samuel Schiff of Mannheim. The family were Jewish. My mother is a member of this family. Frank Gent, Crediton, Devon - and Trieste.