The Axil family name is linked to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. Their name comes from the given name Asketillus,
which is composed of the elements óss
which means god
which means kettle
or sacrificial cauldron
in the Old Norse. This name predates the Norman Conquest
in 1066, and would have been given to one who oversaw the sacrificial rites of pre-Christian England
. The surname, then, signifies "the son or descendant of Asketill".
Early Origins of the Axil family
The surname Axil was first found in Norfolk
, where the family held a family seat.
Early History of the Axil family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Axil research.Another 235 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1101, 1125, 1200, 1205, 1273, 1683, 1686, 1690, 1785, 1361, 1391, 1622, 1660 and 1649 are included under the topic Early Axil History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Axil Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Axil include Axtell, Axstell, Axtel, Axstel, Axtill, Axstill, Axtil, Axstil, Axell, Axill, Akstell, Akstill, Ashkettle, Askettle, Asketell, Asketel, Asketill, Asketil and many more.
Early Notables of the Axil family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Simon Asketel, the rector of Boyton, Norfolk
in 1361; Roger Asketil, the rector of Randworth, Norfolk
in 1391; and Colonel... Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Axil Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Axil family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Axil were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Tho Axstell, age 35; who settled in Virginia in 1635; Nathaniel Axtell, who arrived in New Haven, Connecticut, in 1639; Henry Axtell, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1660.