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The surname Schmeling 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. Schmeling 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."

Schmeling Early Origins



The surname Schmeling 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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Schmeling Spelling Variations


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

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Schmeling Early History


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Schmeling Early History



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

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Schmeling Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Schmeling Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notables of the period with the name Schmeling 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 Schmeling 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:

Schmeling Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • J. C. F. Schmeling, who arrived in North America in 1843 with his wife Karoline and their children Charlotte, Dorothea, Karoline, Ernestine, Joachim and Ferdinand
  • Job Christoph Friedrich Schmeling, aged 39, landed in America in 1843
  • Wilhelmine Schmeling, aged 33, arrived in America in 1843

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Contemporary Notables of the name Schmeling (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Schmeling (post 1700)



  • Dorothy Schmeling, American political activist
  • Gertrud Elisabeth Schmeling (1749-1833), birth name of Gertrud Elisabeth Mara, a German operatic soprano
  • Karsten Schmeling (b. 1962), German three-time gold and silver medalist rower in the 1980s
  • Maximillian Adolph Otto Siegfried "Max" Schmeling (1905-2005), German boxing legend who defeated Joe Louis in the 1936 Berlin Olympics, World Heavyweight Champion (1930-1932), after the war, he and Joe Lewis became close friends until his death

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Citations



    Other References

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    3. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    4. Tarneller, Josef. Zur Namenkunde Tirolen Familiennamen. Bozen: Buchhandlung, 1923. Print.
    5. Kapff, Rudolf. Schwäbische Geschlechtsnamen. Stuttgart: Verlag Silberburg, 1927. Print.
    6. Kneschke, Dr. Ernest Heinrich. Neues allgemeines Deutsches Adels-Lexicon 9 Volumes New General German Aristocracy Lexicon. Leipzig: Friedrich Voigt, 1859. Print.
    7. Gottschald, Max. Deutsche Namenkunde unsere Familiennamen nach ihrer Entstehung und Bedeutung. München: J.F. Lehmanns Verlag, 1932. Print.
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    9. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    10. Bahlow, Hans (Edda Gentry trns). Dictionary of German Names . Madison, Wisconsin: Max Kade Institute, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-924119-35-7).
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    The Schmeling Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Schmeling 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 9 May 2016 at 12:45.

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