The surname Shelle 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. Shelle 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 Shelle family
The surname Shelle 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 Shelle family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Shelle 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 Shelle History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Shelle Spelling Variations
Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia
. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations
of Shelle include Schell, Schelle, Schelling, Scheller and others.
Early Notables of the Shelle family (pre 1700)
Notables of the period with the name Shelle 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 Shelle Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Shelle family to the New World and Oceana
After 1650, thousands of German settlers came to North America to escape the religious persecution and poverty that wracked Europe and to make the most of the opportunity to own their own land in a new country. They settled across the United States in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California, and in Canada in Ontario and on the fertile plains of the prairie provinces. Among them:
Shelle Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Comel Shelle, who arrived in Virginia in 1702 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)