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Schellenberg Coat of Arms / Schellenberg Family Crest

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This German surname of SCHELLENBERG was a locational name meaning 'one who came from SCHELLENBERG' (bell mountain), the name of several places in Germany. Other spellings of the name include SCHELLING, SCHELLENBURG and SCHELLENBERGER. Habitation names were originally acquired by the original bearer of the name, who, having lived by, at or near a place, would then take that name as a form of identification for himself and his family. When people lived close to the soil as they did in the Middle Ages, they were acutely conscious of every local variation in landscape and countryside. Every field or plot of land was identified in normal conversation by a descriptive term. If a man lived on or near a hill or mountain, or by a river or stream, forests and trees, he might receive the word as a family name. Almost every town, city or village in early times, has served to name many families. A Mr Jacob SHELLENBERGER was a life-long farmer and prominent in his day, being supervisor of his town West Hempfield township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. He died in February 1877, when he was seventy-six, but his wife, who was born on March 17th, 1809, survived until January 20th, 1890. They were members of the German Baptist Church, but their remains were interred in Habekers Mennonite Churchyard. Their family consisted of eight children, Susannah, Daniel, Andrew, Abraham, Jacob, Elizabeth, Sarah and Mary. His son Andrew lived in the old homestead until the spring of 1869, and then bought his own farm raising tobacco. On 22nd November, 1868 he married Martha, and to this union three children were born. Surnames which were derived from ancient Germanic personal names have the same meaning in many languages. The court of Charlemagne (Charles the Great, king of the Franks (742-814) was Christian and Latin speaking). The vernacular was the Frankish dialect of Old High German, and the personal names in use were Germanic and vernacular. These names were adopted in many parts of northwest Europe, particularly among the noble ruling classes. Hereditary surnames were found in Germany in the second half of the 12th century - a little later than in England and France. It was about the 16th century that they became stabilized.

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