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

The ancestors of the Hounshell family arrived in England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The name Hounshell came from the Germanic personal name Ansell composed of the elements ans, which means god, and helm, which means protection or helmet.

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Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Ansell, Ancell, Ancelle, Anselm, Anselme, Anstrell and many more.

First found in the English county of Kent where they were granted lands shortly after the Norman Conquest by King William the Conqueror in 1066 A.D. The family are believed to be descended from Pierre Anselm, Archbishop of Canterbury, Ansell being the abbreviation adopted by most branches of this noble Norman family who accompanied the Conqueror into England.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hounshell research. Another 181 words(13 lines of text) covering the years 1086 and 1660 are included under the topic Early Hounshell History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 53 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hounshell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Hounshell or a variant listed above: Edward Ansell, who settled in Nevis in 1663; Elizabeth Ansell, aged 17, who settled in Virginia in 1685; Claude Anselme, who arrived at New Orleans in 1719.

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