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The surname Schill 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. Schill 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."

Early Origins of the Schill family

The surname Schill 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.

Early History of the Schill family

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

Early Notables of the Schill family (pre 1700)

Notables of the period with the name Schill 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...
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Schill Ranking

In the United States, the name Schill is the 12,331st most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

United States Schill migration to the United States +

Many Germans emigrated across the Atlantic to seek better lives in North America. This great migration began in the middle of the 17th century and continued into the 20th century. Resettlement was particularly attractive to those from Westphalia as a means of escape from poverty and religious persecution. For many Westphalian farmers, the chance to own one's own land was also a major incentive. The process of the widespread colonization of the United States began in 1650, when many immigrants from Germany settled in pockets in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. In Canada, German settlements centered around Ontario and the Prairie provinces. Among them:

Schill Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Michel Schill, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1747 [2]
  • Anna Maria Schill, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1751 [2]
  • Georg Schill, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1751 [2]
  • Joh Georg Schill, who landed in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 1755 [2]
Schill Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • George Schill, who arrived in Maryland in 1843 [2]
  • Euphrounee Schill, aged 39, who arrived in New York, NY in 1847 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Schill (post 1700) +

  • William J. Schill, American politician, Postmaster at Somerset, Pennsylvania, 1849-53 [3]
  • Ferdinand Baptista von Schill (1776-1809), Prussian officer who led an unsuccessful revolt against French domination in May 1809
  • Rachel Schill (b. 1982), Canadian Olympic softball center fielder

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  2. 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)
  3. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 9) . Retrieved from on Facebook