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Where did the German Schell family come from? What is the German Schell family crest and coat of arms? When did the Schell family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Schell family history?The surname Schell is a Westphalian-German nickname. Such surnames were very common in Westphalia. They were adapted from traditional eke-names, or added names, that described physical characteristics of their bearers. Schell is a hereditary surname for a person who was either wild or clamorous. The name was originally derived from the German word "schel," which means "noisy" or "loud."
Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations of Schell include Schell, Schelle, Schelling, Scheller and others.
First found in Westphalia, where the name emerged in mediaeval times as one of the notable families of the region. From the 13th century on the surname was identified with the great social and economic evolution which made this territory a landmark contributor to the development of the German nation. As early as 1526 they had their seat at the manor Schellenberg near Essen.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Schell research. Another 401 words(29 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1774, 1562, 1620, 1680, 1775, 1854, 1808, 1763 and 1809 are included under the topic Early Schell History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 99 words(7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Schell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
After 1650, thousands of German settlers came to North America to escape the religious persecution and poverty that wracked Europe and to make the most of the opportunity to own their own land in a new country. They settled across the United States in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California, and in Canada in Ontario and on the fertile plains of the prairie provinces. Among them:
Schell Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Schell Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
Schell Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century
The Schell Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Schell 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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