Schulz is a common German family name in Northern Germany. It is roughly equivalent to the English family name Constable; the German word Schulz originates from the local official known as Dorf-Schulz(e), a local law enforcement officer like a police officer, magistrate, bailiff or mayor.
Other German spellings include: Schultz, Schulze, Schultheis, Schultze, Schulte, Schulten, Schulzke, Schultheiß and Schuldt. Adapted spellings used in other languages include Shultz, Šulc and Szulc.
In Silesia, the "u" was often replaced by "o"; see also Scholz (including Scholtz).
By Dean Hanley
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