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

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Galen, Galan, Galand, Galend, Galenner, Galendorf, Galenhaus, Gelen, Gelende, Gallen, Gallan and many more.

First found in Hamburg, where the name contributed greatly to the development of an emerging nation which would later play a large role in the tribal and national conflicts of the area. In later years the name branched into many houses, each playing a significant role in the local social and political affairs. Galen is also connected to several place names in the Holstein region.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gellel research. Another 155 words(11 lines of text) covering the years 1665 and 1803 are included under the topic Early Gellel History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Alice Gallen, who came to Maryland in 1664; Alexander Gallen, who came to Maryland in 1667; Verant Galand, who came to Massachusetts in 1763; Hugh Galan, who settled in Philadelphia in 1811.

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  2. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
  3. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
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  6. Strassburger, Ralph B. Pennsylvania German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
  7. Oswald, G. Lexicon der Heraldik. Leipzig: 1984. Print.
  8. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  9. Jones, George F. The Germans of Colonial Georgia 1733-1783 Revised edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0806311614).
  10. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
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The Gellel Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gellel 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.

This page was last modified on 2 October 2003 at 15:50.

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