Windell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

Early Origins of the Windell family

The surname Windell was first found in Lancashire at Windle with Hardshaw, a township, in the parish and union of Prescot, hundred of West Derby. "Before the reign of John, Windhull gave name to a family, of whom was Edusa, widow of Alan de Windhull, who obtained from that king a summons for her dower against Alan de Windhull, son of the former." [1]

By the reign of Edward III., the manor was held by William Boteler, but there is no record as to why the manor was lost. Another source shows in the year 1201, Alan de Windhull held estates at Windle.

The Manor of Skelmerdale in Lancashire proved to reveal some interesting details about the family. According to the Domesday Book, it was originally held by Uctred, who also held Dalton and Uplitherland. It was later part of the forest fee, held by the Gernet family.

Later, "there had been a sub-infeudation of the manor in favour of Alan de Windle, for in 1202 Edusa his widow claimed dower in this among other manors, which she released to Alan's son Alan, upon an assignment of her dower here and in other lands." [2] The Windle manor passed, like Windle itself, to the Burnhulls and Gerards by the 15th century.

Important Dates for the Windell family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Windell research. Another 89 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1455 and 1487 are included under the topic Early Windell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Windell Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Windell, Windle, Windhull, Wyndel, Wyndell, Wyndle, Wyndhull, Windles, Wyndells and many more.

Early Notables of the Windell family (pre 1700)

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Windell migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Windell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Edward Windell, who landed in Virginia in 1650 [3]
Windell Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Richard Windell, aged 25, who immigrated to the United States from Vinkal, in 1903
  • Richard Windell, aged 15, who landed in America from Cork, in 1904
  • Margaret Windell, aged 11, who landed in America, in 1904
  • Alec Windell, aged 17, who landed in America from Cork, in 1904
  • Alice Windell, aged 17, who immigrated to America from Cork, in 1904
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Windell (post 1700)

  • Terry Windell (b. 1956), American film director, best known for his work on several episodes of Star Trek: Voyager and Enterprise
  • Windell D. Middlebrooks (1979-2015), American film and television actor, best known as the straight-talking Miller High Life delivery man

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Citations

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ 'Townships: Scarisbrick', in A History of the County of Lancaster: Volume 3, ed. William Farrer and J Brownbill (London, 1907), pp. 265-276. British History Online http://www.british-history.ac.uk/vch/lancs/vol3/pp265-276 [accessed 21 January 2017].
  3. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
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