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Where did the German Shilling family come from? What is the German Shilling family crest and coat of arms? When did the Shilling family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Shilling family history?The name Shilling comes from the Rhineland, an ancient region of Germany. In pre-medieval times, the Germans used only one name, but later they were forced by a growing population to adopt hereditary surnames; so as to remain distinct from the many others of the same first name. Local names were often chosen. They originally indicated land ownership, and frequently carried the prefix von, meaning "of" or "from," which is often taken as an indication of aristocratic lineage. Shilling was a name for some one lived in the lower Rhineland region.
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 Shilling include Schilling, Schillings, Schillinger and others.
First found in the lower Rhine region, where the name emerged in mediaeval times as one of the notable families of the region, mentioned in archives as early as 1194, where the family had its seat in Saxony-Anhalt, in the district of Potsdam. 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 nation.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Shilling research. Another 262 words(19 lines of text) covering the years 1194, 1276, 1624, 1637, and 1781 are included under the topic Early Shilling History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 70 words(5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Shilling Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Between the 17th and 20th centuries, hundreds of thousands of Europeans came to North America, and many Rhinelanders were among them. They had many various reasons for making the choice: to escape poverty and persecution, for adventure, and for the opportunity to own their own land. Ellis Island, one of the main American immigration centers, saw many settlers as they moved on to the states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, and New York. In Canada, they found homes in Ontario, and on the great plains of the Midwestern provinces. The Shilling were among of the early German families that came to North America:
Shilling Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Shilling Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The Shilling Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Shilling 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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