The bountiful region surrounding the Rhine river is the birthplace of the name Shillings. A single name was, at one time, all that people needed. However, increasing ease of travel and the burgeoning populations forced people to adopt a hereditary surname to set themselves apart from others. A common form of surname found in the Rhineland
was the local
name, a name taken on from a place-name. Originally denoting the proprietorship of a village or estate, the German preposition von, which means from or of, used with local names, was taken as a mark of aristocracy. The surname Shillings was given to someone who lived in the lower Rhineland
Early Origins of the Shillings family
The surname Shillings was 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.
Early History of the Shillings family
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Shillings Spelling Variations
In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians
spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations
of the name Shillings include Schilling, Schillings, Schillinger and others.
Early Notables of the Shillings family (pre 1700)
Notables with the name Shillings during this period were Raphael Schilling auf Schillingshof, who began as a royal chamberlain and later became a major general in the Russian army. He was made a count in 1781... Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Shillings Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Shillings family to the New World and Oceana
The great European flow of migration to North America, which began in the middle of the 17th century and continued into the 20th century, was particularly attractive to those from the Rhineland
who wished to escape either poverty or religious persecution. Many of those who left the Rhineland
to seek their fortunes in the prosperous and free New World settled in the major urban centers of the United States and Canada. In the United States, the settlers from the Rhineland
passed through immigration centers like that of Ellis Island
, most of them moving on to Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, and New York. In Canada, the majority of Rhinelanders settled in Ontario and the prairie provinces. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has revealed many important settlers to North America bearing the name Shillings, or one of its variants above: Hans Adam Schilling, who came to Philadelphia in 1732; as well as Johann Martin Schilling in the same year, Johannes Schilling in 1749; and Martin Schillinger in 1752. Carl Christian Schilling arrived in Penobscot, Maine in 1782.