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Where did the German Gelling family come from? What is the German Gelling family crest and coat of arms? When did the Gelling family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Gelling family history?

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Gelan, Gelen, Geleem, Geleen, Gelyn, Gelin, Gellen, Gellin, Galen and many more.

First found in Austria, where the name Gelan became noted for its many branches in the region, each house acquiring a status and influence which was envied by the princes of the region. In their later history the name became a power unto themselves and were elevated to the ranks of nobility as they grew into this most influential family.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gelling research. Another 252 words(18 lines of text) covering the years 1670, 1803, and 1876 are included under the topic Early Gelling History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Gelling Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gelling Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Joh Herm Gelling, who landed in America in 1846

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The Gelling Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gelling Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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