The German surname Schon (also spelled as Schön) is a nickname for a handsome or pleasant man, derived from the Middle High German term schoene meaning “fine, beautiful, refined, friendly, or nice." The name is first recorded in Prussia in 1586. The earliest record of the name in the New World is in 1750 when Henry Schoen arrived in New York City from Bremen Germany. Today there are approximately 1300 bearers of the surname Schon living in the United States.
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