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Tschanz (Tschantz), a family name found among the Mennonites in Switzerland. Hans Tschanz of Kiesen was in prison at Bern in May 1567; after much reluctance he was finally "converted" through torture, admitting that he had erred in rejecting arms-bearing and the oath, and was now willing "to go into the (State) church."

In the 18th century Mennonites by this name are found in the Bernese Jura, from where a certain Amish Tschanz moved to America as early as ca. 1733, followed by other members of this family. In 1824 and 1835 members of the Tschantz family from the Sonnenberg congregation in the Bernese Jura settled in Wayne County, Ohio. In America the name is usually written Schantz, Schanz, or Shantz.


Geiser, S. Die Mennoniten-Gemeinden. Karlsruhe, 1932: 193 ff.

Gratz, D. L. Bernese Anabaptists. Scottdale, 1953.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1959

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Kitchener, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 752. All rights reserved.

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