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

When the ancestors of the Darrel family emigrated to England following the Norman Conquest in 1066 they brought their family name with them. They lived in Yorkshire. They were originally from Airel, in La Manche, Normandy, and it is from the local form of this name, D'Airel, meaning from Airel, that their name derives.

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The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Darrel has been recorded under many different variations, including Darrell, Dorrell, Dayrell, Darrel, Darell, Darel and others.

First found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Darrel research. Another 223 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 1563, 1651, 1721 and 1845 are included under the topic Early Darrel History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 65 words(5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Darrel Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Darrels were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:

Darrel Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Richard Darrel settled in New England in 1698

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