Averell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Averell was brought to England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Averell family lived the Old French word Avril, meaning April. The name would have initially been given to a child born in the month of April.

Early Origins of the Averell family

The surname Averell was first found in Gloucestershire where they were granted lands by William the Conqueror for their assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066. They were conjecturally descended from a Norman noble, Avril, who landed with William the Conqueror.

Early History of the Averell family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Averell research. Another 59 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1559, 1619, 1601, 1614, 1618, 1666, 1755, 1771, 1754, 1847 and 1754 are included under the topic Early Averell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Averell Spelling Variations

Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Averell, Averall, Avrill, Avril, Averel, Abrill and many more.

Early Notables of the Averell family (pre 1700)

Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Averell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Averell family to Ireland

Some of the Averell family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 80 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Averell migration to the United States +

To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Averell or a variant listed above:

Averell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Alexander Averell, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1866
  • Arthur Averell, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1878

Contemporary Notables of the name Averell (post 1700) +

  • William Averell Harriman (1891-1986), American Democratic Party politician, businessman, and diplomat, recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom


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