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Where did the Welsh Askell family come from? What is the Welsh Askell family crest and coat of arms? When did the Askell family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Askell family history?

The Askell name came to Britain with the Normans. It derives from any of a number of Scandinavian personal names, including the Old Norse name Askell, the Old Danish name Eskil, and the Old Swedish name Ęskil, a contracted form of Asketill. Some of the forms found in Normandy, France included Anschetill, Anketill, Asketin and Anquetin.

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Although there are not an extremely large number Welsh surnames, there are an inordinately large number of spelling variations of those surnames. This variety of spellings began almost immediately after the acceptance of surnames within Welsh society. As time progressed, these old Brythonic names were eventually were recorded in English. This process was problematic in that many of the highly inflected sounds of the native language of Wales could not be properly captured in English. Some families, however, did decide to modify their own names to indicate a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even a patriotic affiliation. The name Askell has seen various spelling variations: Haskell, Haskel, Askell, Askel, Askill, Askil, Hascall, Hascal, Haskill and many more.

First found in Monmouthshire (Welsh: Sir Fynwy), where the family held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Askell research. Another 173 words(12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Askell History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Askell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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In the 1800s and 1900s, many Welsh families left for North America, in search of land, work, and freedom. Those who made the trip successfully helped contribute to the growth of industry, commerce, and the cultural heritage of both Canada and the United States. In the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Askell Mark Haskell, who settled in Boston in 1620; along with Roger Haskell, who later moved to Salem with William Haskell; Charles Haskell, who arrived in Texas in 1835.

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The Askell Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Askell Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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