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The surname Schellenberger 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. Schellenberger 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."

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The surname Schellenberger 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.

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


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

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Notables of the period with the name Schellenberger 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 Schellenberger Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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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:

Schellenberger Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Koenraet Schellenberger, who arrived in New York in 1709
  • Peter Schellenberger, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1732
  • Johannes Schellenberger, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1763

Schellenberger Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • George Schellenberger, who arrived in St Clair County, Illinois in 1856
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