The surname Shellhammer 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. Shellhammer 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 Shellhammer family
The surname Shellhammer 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 Shellhammer family
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Shellhammer 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 Shellhammer include Schell, Schelle, Schelling, Scheller and others.
Early Notables of the Shellhammer family (pre 1700)
Notables of the period with the name Shellhammer 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 Shellhammer Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Shellhammer 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:
Shellhammer Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Maria R. Shellhammer, aged 21, who emigrated to the United States, in 1919
- Ray Shellhammer, aged 28, who landed in America, in 1920