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

Asketel is an ancient Anglo-Saxon name that is derived from the given name Asketillus, which is composed of the elements óss or áss which means god and ketill, which means kettle or sacrificial cauldron in the Old Norse. This name predates the Norman Conquest in 1066, and would have been given to one who oversaw the sacrificial rites of pre-Christian England. The surname, then, signifies "the son or descendant of Asketill".

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Asketel has been spelled many different ways, including Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Axtell, Axstell, Axtel, Axstel, Axtill, Axstill, Axtil, Axstil, Axell, Axill, Akstell, Akstill, Ashkettle, Askettle, Asketell, Asketel, Asketill, Asketil and many more.

First found in Norfolk, where the family held a family seat.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Asketel research. Another 235 words(17 lines of text) covering the years 1101, 1125, 1200, 1205, 1273, 1683, 1686, 1690, 1785, 1361, 1391, 1622, 1660 and 1649 are included under the topic Early Asketel History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 95 words(7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Asketel Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Asketels to arrive on North American shores: Tho Axstell, age 35; who settled in Virginia in 1635; Nathaniel Axtell, who arrived in New Haven, Connecticut, in 1639; Henry Axtell, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1660.

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The Asketel Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Asketel 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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