Show ContentsSheller History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Sheller 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. Sheller 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 Sheller family

The surname Sheller 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 Sheller family

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

Early Notables of the Sheller family (pre 1700)

Notables of the period with the name Sheller 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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Sheller Ranking

In the United States, the name Sheller is the 17,145th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

United States Sheller migration to the United States +

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 Atlantic. 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:

Sheller Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Joanis Sheller, aged 26, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1738 [2]
  • Andrew Sheller, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1765 [2]
Sheller Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Louisa Sheller, aged 30, who immigrated to the United States, in 1893
Sheller Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Istvan Sheller, aged 17, who landed in America from Lscunge, Hungary, in 1906
  • Charles Sheller, aged 19, who immigrated to America, in 1909
  • Rose Sheller, aged 64, who landed in America, in 1909
  • Andras Sheller, aged 33, who landed in America from Donnya, in 1910

Contemporary Notables of the name Sheller (post 1700) +

  • Samuel B. Sheller, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1920 [3]
  • Mimi Sheller (b. 1967), American professor of sociology
  • William Sheller (b. 1946), French classical composer and singer

  1. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  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 2015, November 2) . Retrieved from on Facebook