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I was not able to find a site to give me a lot of historical information on the Shilts surname origin. I will post what I have found and suggest that anyone with more information forward it to me.

Origin: Germanic. Spelling variations include: Schultz, Schultheis (Switzerland), Schultes, Schultz, Schultze, Schulz, Scholz (Silesia) and many more.

First found in Switzerland, where branches of this estimable family were elevated to the ranks of the nobility and came to possess great political influence.

Some of the first settlers of this name or some of its variants were: Esther Susanna Schultheis, who came to America with her five children in 1709. The first bearer of the variation "Schultz" to arrive was Anna Elizabeth Schultz, who came to New York City in 1710.