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

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Gelan, Gelen, Geleem, Geleen, Gelyn, Gelin, Gellen, Gellin, Galen and many more.

First found in Austria, where the name Gelan became noted for its many branches in the region, each house acquiring a status and influence which was envied by the princes of the region. In their later history the name became a power unto themselves and were elevated to the ranks of nobility as they grew into this most influential family.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gelling research. Another 252 words(18 lines of text) covering the years 1670, 1803, and 1876 are included under the topic Early Gelling History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gelling Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Joh Herm Gelling, who landed in America in 1846

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  2. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
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  6. Tarneller, Josef. Zur Namenkunde Tirolen Familiennamen. Bozen: Buchhandlung, 1923. Print.
  7. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  8. Jones, George F. The Germans of Colonial Georgia 1733-1783 Revised edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0806311614).
  9. 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).
  10. Kneschke, Dr. Ernest Heinrich. Neues allgemeines Deutsches Adels-Lexicon 9 Volumes New General German Aristocracy Lexicon. Leipzig: Friedrich Voigt, 1859. Print.
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The Gelling Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gelling 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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