Show ContentsSchaller History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Schaller family name comes from the Middle High German word "schal," which means "noise," or "bragging," and as such 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 Schaller family

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.

Early History of the Schaller family

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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.

Early Notables of the Schaller family

Prominent among members of the name Schaller in this period include

  • the Schaller family of Bavaria

Schaller Ranking

In the United States, the name Schaller is the 7,368th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. 1 However, in France, the name Schaller is ranked the 3,517th most popular surname with an estimated 2,000 - 2,500 people with that name. 2

United States Schaller migration to the United States +

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 settled in Philadelphia in 1728
  • Johan Albrecht Schaller, who settled in Philadelphia in 1737
  • Joh Alfred Schaller, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1749 3
  • Frank Baltzer Schaller, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1754 3
  • Franz Balthasar Schaller, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1754 3
Schaller Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Andreas Schaller, aged 28, who landed in New York, NY in 1849 3
  • Adam Schaller, who landed in St Clair County, Illinois in 1864 3
  • Charles Schaller, who landed in Arkansas in 1882 3

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 4
  • Enos W. Schaller, American politician, Mayor of Garden City, Michigan, 1952-56 4
  • Elsa Schaller, American Republican politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1992 4
  • Audrie Z. Schaller, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 8th District, 1990 4
  • ... (Another 16 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

  • Friedrich Schaller (1915-1941), German Matrosenhauptgefreiter who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking 5

Suggested Readings for the name Schaller +

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

  1. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  3. 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)
  4. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 12) . Retrieved from
  5. Bismarck & Tirpitz Class - Crew List Bismarck. (Retrieved 2018, February 06). Retrieved from on Facebook