Schall History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Schall family name comes from the from Middle High German word "schal," which means "noise," or "bragging," and as such is was thought to have originally been a nickname for a braggart, or for a market crier. The German people originally used only one name, but as the population grew there was often confusion between people of the same name. This required people to adopt hereditary surnames. Many people took surnames based on nicknames - sometimes known as eke-names - that described certain personal characteristics.

Early Origins of the Schall family

The surname Schall was first found in the ancient Rhineland, where this family name became associated with a notable aristocratic line of the city of Cologne. Always prominent in social affairs, the name became an integral part of that turbulent region as it emerged to form alliances with other families within the Feudal System and the nation. Chronicles mention one Robert Schallo as early as 1150.

Early History of the Schall family

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Schall Spelling Variations

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 Schall include Schall, Schaal, Schal, Schaell, Schael, Schalle, Schaller, Schallin and many more.

Early Notables of the Schall family (pre 1700)

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United States Schall migration to the United States +

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 Schall were among of the early German families that came to North America:

Schall Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Georg Daniel Schall, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1739
  • David Schall who arrived in Philadelphia in 1742
  • Tobias Schall, who settled in Philadelphia in 1748

Contemporary Notables of the name Schall (post 1700) +

  • Eugene David "Gene" Schall (b. 1970), American retired Major League Baseball first baseman who played from 1995 to 1996
  • Alvin Anthony Schall (b. 1944), American jurist, Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (1992-2009)
  • Elizabeth Schall, American singer, songwriter and guitarist
  • Kerry "Meat Truck" Schall (b. 1971), American mixed martial arts fighter
  • Thomas David Schall (1878-1935), American lawyer and politician, United States Senator from Minnesota (1925-1935)
  • Irene B. Schall (b. 1953), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Massachusetts, 2004 [1]
  • George B. Schall, American Democrat politician, Member of Pennsylvania State Senate 7th District, 1865-67 [1]
  • George Schall, American Democrat politician, Member of Pennsylvania State Senate 6th District, 1824-28 [1]
  • David J. Schall, American politician, Representative from Wisconsin 5th District, 1994 [1]
  • Daniel H. Schall, American Democrat politician, Chair of Armstrong County Democratic Party, 1937 [1]
  • ... (Another 15 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

  1. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 12) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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