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The surname Schell 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. Schell 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."

Schell Early Origins



The surname Schell 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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Schell Spelling Variations


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Schell 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 Schell include Schell, Schelle, Schelling, Scheller and others.

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Schell Early History


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Schell Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Schell 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 Schell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Schell Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Schell Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notables of the period with the name Schell 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 Schell 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



After 1650, thousands of German settlers came to North America to escape the religious persecution and poverty that wracked Europe and to make the most of the opportunity to own their own land in a new country. They settled across the United States in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California, and in Canada in Ontario and on the fertile plains of the prairie provinces. Among them:

Schell Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Johan Willem Schell, who landed in New York in 1709
  • Peter Schell, who arrived in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 1719
  • Carl Schell, who arrived in Frederick County, Maryland in 1723
  • Eva Margareth Schell, who arrived in Frederick County, Maryland in 1729
  • Johannes Schell came to Philadelphia in 1732
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Schell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Ignatius Schell, who landed in Maryland in 1833
  • J Schell, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Clemens Schell, who landed in New York in 1851
  • Joh Schell, who landed in America in 1852
  • Peter Schell, who landed in America in 1853
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Schell Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Joseph Schell, who arrived in Arkansas in 1906

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Contemporary Notables of the name Schell (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Schell (post 1700)



  • Grace Schell, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Arizona, 1952
  • George W. Schell, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1884; Presidential Elector for California, 1888
  • Edward Schell, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from North Carolina, 1996
  • Charles H. Schell, American Republican politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Coventry, 1914
  • Augustus Schell (1812-1884), American Democrat politician, New York Democratic State Chair, 1853-55; U.S. Collector of Customs, 1857-61; Member of Democratic National Committee from New York, 1872-76
  • Andrew J. Schell, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Monroe County 4th District, 1951-52
  • A. R. Schell Jr., American politician, Mayor of Plano, Texas, 1932-48
  • A. M. Schell, American politician, Member of Minnesota State House of Representatives 36th District, 1873
  • Jacquelyn A. Schell, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 2008
  • John Schell, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Virginia, 1980
  • ... (Another 14 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    2. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    3. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    4. Gottschald, Max. Deutsche Namenkunde unsere Familiennamen nach ihrer Entstehung und Bedeutung. München: J.F. Lehmanns Verlag, 1932. Print.
    5. Nied, Edmund. Fraenkische Familiennamen urkundlich gesammelt und sprachlich gedeutet. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1933. Print.
    6. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    7. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
    8. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Journeys German Immigration, Settlement and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
    9. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    10. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
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    The Schell Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Schell 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 23 November 2015 at 11:30.

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