The surname Schmelze 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. Schmelze 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 Schmelze family
The surname Schmelze 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 Schmelze family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Schmelze 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 Schmelze History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Schmelze 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 Schmelze include Schell, Schelle, Schelling, Scheller and others.
Early Notables of the Schmelze family (pre 1700)
Notables of the period with the name Schmelze 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 Schmelze Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Schmelze family to the New World and Oceana
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: Peter Schell, who arrived in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 1719; Johannes Schell came to Philadelphia in 1732; as well as Jacob Philipp Schell in 1739; and Carl Schell in 1751.