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

Habel is one of the names carried to England in the great wave of migration from Normandy following the Norman Conquest in 1066. It is based on the given name Hevel, which means evanescence. It is also possibly derived from an Old German word which means noble one. The surname Habel was also a baptismal name meaning the son of Abel, and became a popular 13th century name meaning son.

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Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Habel have been found, including Abell, Abel, Able, Habel, Abeel, Abelson, Abelle, Abele, Ablson, Ebelson, Abill, Abilson, Aball, Abeal, Eblson and many more.

First found in the county of Kent of south eastern England where they have held a family seat from very ancient times. They arrived in England with King William the Conqueror and the name is mentioned in the Battel Abbey Roll as Abell.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Habel research. Another 155 words(11 lines of text) covering the years 1540, 1578, 1675, 1584, 1655, 1667 and 1711 are included under the topic Early Habel History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 169 words(12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Habel Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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For many English families, the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland, Australia, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Habel were among those contributors:

Habel Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Geo Habel, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1774
  • Fredrick Habel, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1796

Habel Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Anna Maria Habel, who arrived in North America in 1860
  • Joh Habel, who arrived in America in 1865
  • Frederick Habel, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1870

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  • Sarah Evelyn Habel (b. 1982), American actress, best known for her role as Daphne Glover in the TV series Underemployed
  • Joseph-Alphonse-Anaclet Habel (1895-1979), Canadian politician, Member of the Canadian Parliament for Cochrane (1953-1968), Chief Opposition Whip (1958-1964)


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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Vive le Roi
Motto Translation: Long life to the King.

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