The name was derived from the place named Fell in Cumberland
which in turn was derived from the Icelandic name "fell" which meant a "fell or wild hill."
Early Origins of the Fel family
The surname Fel was first found in Dundee where one of the most interesting references of the name was of Finlay Fell, butcher and later burgess in 1533. He was the first of a long list of butchers within the same family which held the profession for more than a century.
Early History of the Fel family
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Fel Spelling Variations
Early Notables of the Fel family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family at this time was James Fell a businessman of Dumfriesshire; Samuel Fell D.D. (1584-1649), an English academic and clergyman, Dean of Christ Church, Oxford, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford; Thomas Fell (1598-1658), vice-chancellor of the duchy of Lancaster; John Fell (1625-1686), an... Another 47 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fel Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Fel family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Caspar, Charles, Henry, James, John, Mary, Phillip, Richard, Robert, and Thomas Fell all arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1804 and 1850; Henry Fell settled in Virginia in 1623.