Origin, Meaning and Family History of the Teller Name
More common variations are: Tellyer, Tueller, Toeller, Telleri, Teiller, Tellera, Telleir, Tellery, Telleru, Tellear.
The surname Teller first appeared in Austria, where the name Taller became noted for its many sections in the region, each house acquiring a status and influence which desired by the princes of the region. In their later history, the name became a power unto themselves and raised to the ranks of nobility as they grew into this most influential family.
United States of America:
Individuals with the surname Teller landed in the United States in three different centuries respectively in the 17th, 18th, and 19th. Some of the people with the name Teller who arrived in the United States in the 17th century included Willem Teller, who arrived in New York in 1649. William Teller, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1651. William Teller, who landed in America in 1652. People with the surname Teller who landed in the United States in the 18th century included John Teller, who landed in South Carolina in 1747. The following century saw more Teller surnames arrive. Some of the people with the surname Teller who arrived in the United States in the 19th century included Christopher Teller, who was naturalized in Philadelphia in 1880.
Some of the people with the surname Teller who came in the Canada in the 19th century included Alexander Teller, who was recorded to be living in Ontario in 1871.
Teller Coat of Arms Meaning
The two main devices (symbols) in the Teller blazon are the lion and arrow. The three main tinctures (colors) are sable, or and azure .
Sable, the deep black so often found in Heraldry is believed to named from an animal of the marten family know in the middle ages as a Sabellinœ and noted for its very black fur . In engravings, when colors cannot be shown it is represented as closely spaced horizontal and vertical lines, and appropriately is thus the darkest form of hatching, as this method is known . Although it may seem a sombre tone, and does indeed sometimes denote grief, it is more commonly said to represent Constancy .
Or is the heraldic metal Gold, often shown as a bold, bright yellow colour. It is said to show “Generosity and elevation of the mind” . Later heralds, of a more poetic nature liked to refer to it as Topaz, after the gemstone, and, for obvious reasons associated it with the Sun . In drawings without colour it is usually represented by many small dots, or by the letter ‘O’ .
Azure is the heraldic colour blue, usually quite a deep, dark shade of the colour (there is a lighter blue that sometimes occurs, known as celestial azure). If colour printing is not available then it can be represented by closely spaced horizontal lines in a scheme known as “hatching” . The word is thought to originate from the Arabic lazura and it represents the colour of the eastern sky. It is also said to be the colour associated by the Catholic Church with the Virgin Mary and hence of particular significance .
The art of heraldry would be significantly poorer if we were without the lion in all its forms. Most general works on Heraldry devote at least one chapter solely to this magnificent creature and its multifarious depictions . Some of the earliest known examples of heraldry, dating right back to the knighting of Geoffrey of Anjou in 1127, where he is shown with six such beasts upon his shield .The great authority on heraldic symbology, Wade, points out the high place that the lion holds in heraldry, “as the emblem of deathless courage” , a sentiment echoed equally today.
Given the martial nature of the origins of Heraldry, in the identification of knights and men-at-arms it can come as no surprise that mediaeval weaponry of all types are frequently to be found in a coat of arms . The regular prescence of the arrow, both singly and in groups is evidence of this. In British heraldry a lone arrow normally points downward, but in the French tradition it points upwards. . The presence of an arrow in a coat of arms is reckoned to indicate “martial readiness” by Wade.