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The surname Scheel is a Westphalian-German nickname. Such surnames were very common in Westphalia. They were adapted from traditional eke-names, or added names, that described physical characteristics of their bearers. Scheel is a hereditary surname for a person who was either wild or clamorous. The name was originally derived from the German word "schel," which means "noisy" or "loud."

Scheel Early Origins



The surname Scheel was first found in Westphalia, where the name emerged in mediaeval times as one of the notable families of the region. From the 13th century on the surname was identified with the great social and economic evolution which made this territory a landmark contributor to the development of the German nation. As early as 1526 they had their seat at the manor Schellenberg near Essen.

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Scheel Spelling Variations


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Scheel Spelling Variations



In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations of the name Scheel include Schell, Schelle, Schelling, Scheller and others.

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Scheel Early History


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Scheel Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Scheel research. Another 401 words (29 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1774, 1562, 1620, 1680, 1648, 1701, 1775, 1854, 1808, 1763 and 1809 are included under the topic Early Scheel History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Scheel Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Scheel Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notables of the period with the name Scheel were Johann Heinrich Schmelzer ( ca. 1620-1680), an Austrian composer and violinist ;Johann Schelle (1648-1701), a German Baroque composer; Friedrich Wilhelm von Schelling (1775-1854, ennobled in...

Another 32 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Scheel 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



For many Germans, emigration to North America was an inviting alternative to the trials of life in the old country. From the mid-17th into the present century, thousands of Germans migrated across the Atlanti c. They capitalized on the chance to escape poverty and persecution, and to own their own land. After 1650, Germans settled throughout the states of Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Many also landed in Canada, settling in Ontario or father west on the rich land of the prairies. Among them:

Scheel Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Maria Elisabetha Scheel, who arrived in America in 1755
  • Friedrich Scheel, who arrived in America in 1783
  • H A Scheel, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1794

Scheel Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Nicolaus Scheel, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1802
  • John Scheel, who arrived in St Clair County, Illinois in 1838
  • Maximilian Scheel, who landed in St Clair County, Illinois in 1846
  • Henriette Scheel, who landed in New York, NY in 1850
  • Carl Scheel, who arrived in New York, NY in 1850
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Scheel Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Auguste Scheel, aged 33, who settled in America from Berlin, in 1902
  • August Scheel, aged 29, who emigrated to America from Berlin, in 1902
  • Auguste Scheel, aged 4, who landed in America from Auklam, in 1905
  • August Scheel, aged 37, who landed in America from Hamburg, in 1907
  • August Scheel, aged 26, who emigrated to the United States from Wiscz, in 1907
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Scheel (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Scheel (post 1700)



  • Johann Friedrich Ludwig "Fritz" Scheel (1852-1907), German-born, American orchestra conductor
  • Fred Scheel, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1932
  • Walter Scheel (1919-2016), German politician, President of the Federal Republic of Germany (1974-1979)
  • Karl Friedrich Franz Christian Scheel (1866-1936), German physicist
  • Günther Scheel (1921-1943), German ace fighter pilot in the Luftwaffe during WWII credited with 71 victories
  • Ingeborg Scheel (b. 1907), Swiss Olympic fencer at the 1936 Summer Olympics
  • Herman Scheel (1859-1956), Norwegian jurist, chief justice of the Supreme Court (1920 to 1929)
  • Ellen Scheel (b. 1969), Norwegian silver medalist football player

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Suggested Readings for the name Scheel


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Suggested Readings for the name Scheel



  • Memories the Never Fade Away by Aman Scheeler.

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Scheel Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    2. Götze, Alfred. Familiennamen im badischen Oberland. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1918. Print.
    3. Bahlow, Hans (Edda Gentry trns). Dictionary of German Names . Madison, Wisconsin: Max Kade Institute, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-924119-35-7).
    4. Hildenbrand, A.M. Wappenfibel. Handbuch der Heraldik. Neustadt an der Aisch: 1970. Print.
    5. Steed, Henry Wickham . The Hapsburg Monarchy. London: Constable and Company, 1919. Print.
    6. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    7. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    8. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    9. Bahlow, Hans. Abhandlungen zur Namenforschung und Buchgeschichte. 1980. Print. (ISBN 978-3768690522).
    10. Neubecker, Ottfried. Wappen-Bilder-Lexikon der bürgerlichen Geschlechter Deutschlands, Oesterreichs und der Schweiz. Battenberg, München: 1985. Print.
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    The Scheel Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Scheel 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 26 October 2016 at 23:01.

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