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The surname Schnell was first found in Bavaria, where the name was anciently associated with the tribal conflicts of the area. They declared allegiances to many nobles and princes of early history, lending their influence in struggles for power and status within the region. They branched into many houses, and their contributions were sought by many leaders in their search for power.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Schnell, Schnel, Schnelle, Snell, Snelle, Schneller, Schnellmann and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Schnell research. Another 207 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1733, 1785, and 1856 are included under the topic Early Schnell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Schnell Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Jacob Schnell, who landed in New York in 1709
  • Just Schnell, who landed in New York in 1709
  • Johann Leonhart Schnell, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1742
  • Leonard Schnell, who landed in New York, NY in 1742
  • Michael Schnell, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1742
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Schnell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Anna Elizabeth Schnell, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1802
  • Johann Jost Schnell, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1802
  • Johan Philip Schnell, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1802
  • Levi Schnell, who landed in Ohio in 1835
  • Carl Schnell, aged 15, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1845
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Schnell Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • George Schnell, who landed in Wisconsin in 1920
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  • Ray Schnell (1893-1907), American politician from North Dakota; state legislator and lieutenant governor
  • William E. Schnell, American politician, Mayor of Tonawanda, New York, 1916
  • Richard J. Schnell, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Elgin, Illinois, 1948-71 (acting, 1948-51)
  • Gary Schnell, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from North Dakota, 1972
  • Donald Schnell, American Republican politician, Candidate for Wisconsin State Assembly 6th District, 1974
  • F. Wolfgang Schnell (1913-2006), German professor of applied genetics and plant breeding
  • Henry Schnell (1868-1869), German arms dealer in Japan during the Boshin war
  • Siegfried Schnell (1916-1944), German ace fighter pilot in the Luftwaffe during WWII, recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves
  • Georg H. Schnell (1878-1951), German film actor
  • Frederick H Schnell, German radio manager
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Citations



    Other References

    1. Strassburger, Ralph B. Pennsylvania German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
    2. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    3. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    4. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
    5. Kneschke, Dr. Ernest Heinrich. Neues allgemeines Deutsches Adels-Lexicon 9 Volumes New General German Aristocracy Lexicon. Leipzig: Friedrich Voigt, 1859. Print.
    6. Gritzner, M. Handbuch der heraldischen Terminologie in zwölf Zungen. Nürnberg: 1890. Print.
    7. Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. Print.
    8. Haverkamp, Alfred. Medieval Germany 1056-1273 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print.
    9. Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. Print.
    10. Götze, Alfred. Familiennamen im badischen Oberland. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1918. Print.
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