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The Schaller 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.

Schaller Early Origins



The surname Schaller was first found in Bavaria, where the name was anciently associated with the tribal conflicts of the area. They declared allegiances to many nobles and princes of early history, lending their influence in struggles for power and status within the region. They branched into many houses, and their contributions were sought by many leaders in their search for power.

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Schaller Spelling Variations


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Schaller Spelling Variations



One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Schaller include Schaller, Schalley, Schally and others.

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Schaller Early History


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Schaller Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Schaller research. Another 176 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1498 and 1700 are included under the topic Early Schaller History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Schaller Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Schaller Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Schaller Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Hundreds of thousands of Europeans, including many Rhinelanders, made the voyage to North America between the 17th and 20th centuries. It was an escape from religious persecution and poverty and also an opportunity for people to start over and own their own land. Most landed at Ellis Island, off New York before moving on to the states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Illinois, and California. Some also landed in Canada and settled in Ontario, while others headed west to the prairie provinces. A study of passenger and immigration lists has shown a number of people bearing the name of Schaller, or one of its variants, reaching North America shores very early:

Schaller Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Simon Schaller, who came to Philadelphia in 1728
  • Johan Albrecht Schaller, who came to Philadelphia in 1737
  • Joh Alfred Schaller, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1749
  • Frank Baltzer Schaller, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1754
  • Franz Balthasar Schaller, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1754

Schaller Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Andreas Schaller, aged 28, landed in New York, NY in 1849
  • Adam Schaller, who landed in St Clair County, Illinois in 1864
  • Charles Schaller, who landed in Arkansas in 1882

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Contemporary Notables of the name Schaller (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Schaller (post 1700)



  • Simone Estelle Schaller Kirin (1912-2016), American athlete at the 1932 and 1936 Summer Olympics, at the time of her death, she was considered the world's oldest living Olympian at 104 years old
  • Willy Schaller (b. 1933), American Olympic soccer player
  • Thomas Schaller (b. 1978), American political scientist
  • George Beals Schaller (b. 1933), American biologist
  • Biff Schaller (1889-1939), American Major League Baseball player
  • Barry R. Schaller, American lawyer, judge, academic, and bioethicist
  • Harry Schaller, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Iowa, 1932
  • Enos W. Schaller, American politician, Mayor of Garden City, Michigan, 1952-56
  • Elsa Schaller, American Republican politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1992
  • Audrie Z. Schaller, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 8th District, 1990
  • ... (Another 15 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Suggested Readings for the name Schaller


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Suggested Readings for the name Schaller



  • Schaller and Allied Families from Munroe County, Wisconsin by Alice Schaller.

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmachers Wappenbuch. München, Battenberg: 1975. Print.
    2. Nied, Edmund. Fraenkische Familiennamen urkundlich gesammelt und sprachlich gedeutet. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1933. Print.
    3. Tarneller, Josef. Zur Namenkunde Tirolen Familiennamen. Bozen: Buchhandlung, 1923. Print.
    4. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    5. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    6. Strassburger, Ralph B. German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
    7. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2000. Print. (ISBN 978-0806303024).
    8. Karlsruhe. Badisches Generallandesarchiv Baden Emigration lists 1866-1911. Salt Lake City: Microfilm of Card Index by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Print.
    9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    10. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    11. ...

    The Schaller Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Schaller 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 25 October 2016 at 15:23.

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