Tell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Tell comes from the personal name Tello derived from the Latin "tellus" meaning "land" or "earth."

Early Origins of the Tell family

The surname Tell was first found in Galicia, in the northwest corner of Spain.

Early History of the Tell family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tell research. Another 39 words (3 lines of text) covering the years 1337, 1370, 1583 and 1648 are included under the topic Early Tell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Tell Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Tellez, Talles, Tello, Tell, Tel, Telo, Teles and others.

Early Notables of the Tell family (pre 1700)

Con la Reconquista guerra con la que los cristianos bajo las órdenes del rey Fernando y la reina Isabel reconquistaron a España y expulsaron a los musulmanes invasores en el año 1492. Dentro de estos nombres de familias se han destacado, por ejemplo, Tello of Castile (1337-1370), born in Seville, the seventh of the ten illegitimate children of Alfonso...
Another 58 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Tell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Tell migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Tell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Tell, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Tell (post 1700)

  • Tell McDonald, American Republican politician, Chair of Calhoun County Republican Party, 1917 [2]


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 17) . Retrieved from
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