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

The ancestors of the bearers of the Councill family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England. They were first found in the southern English county of Berkshire.

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Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Councill include Counsell, Councell, Cunseil, Counseil, Counsayl, Consayl and many more.

First found in Berkshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Councill research. Another 229 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 1208, 1310, 1327, 1609, and 1742 are included under the topic Early Councill History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Councill or a variant listed above: Edward Councell who arrived in Barbados in 1685 and Joseph Council, on reocord in Philadelphia in 1845.

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