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The name Abell was brought to England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. It comes from the given name Hevel, which means evanescence. It is also possibly derived from an Old German word which means noble one. The surname Abell was also a baptismal name meaning the son of Abel, and became a popular 13th century name meaning son.

Abell Early Origins



The surname Abell was first found in the counties of Kent, Derbyshire and Essex. "Abell was also an Essex family, although branches spread into the counties of Kent and Derby." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.

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Abell Spelling Variations


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Abell Spelling Variations



Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Abell, Abel, Able, Habel, Abeel, Abelson, Abelle, Abele, Ablson, Ebelson, Abill, Abilson, Aball, Abeal, Eblson and many more.

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Abell Early History


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Abell Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Abell research. Another 155 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1540, 1578, 1675, 1584, 1655, 1667 and 1711 are included under the topic Early Abell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Abell Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Abell Early Notables (pre 1700)



Outstanding amongst the family at this time was John Abel, the celebrated Scottish singer during the reign of King Charles II; John Abel (1578-1675), an English carpenter and mason, "King's Carpenter", born in Sarnesfield, Herefordshire; William Abell ( ca. 1584-1655), an English vintner who became Master of the...

Another 46 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Abell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Abell or a variant listed above were:

Abell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Robert Abell (1605-1663), English settler from Stapenhill, Derbyshire who landed in Weymouth, Massachusetts in 1630 aboard the Winthrop Fleet
  • Peter Abell, who landed in Long Island in 1656
  • James Abell, who arrived in Maryland in 1664
  • Joseph Abell, who landed in Maryland in 1667
  • Macklett Abell, who arrived in Maryland in 1667
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Abell Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Hans Jacob Abell, who landed in New York in 1709

Abell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • E S Abell, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • R Abell, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851

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Contemporary Notables of the name Abell (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Abell (post 1700)



  • Charles S Abell, American Army Lieutenant-Colonel, appointed Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (2002)
  • George Ogden Abell, American astronomer at UCLA
  • Sam Abell (b. 1945), American (New York) photographer who has worked with the National Geographic Society since 1970
  • Sir Frederick Abell, noted English Chemist
  • Sir Fredrick Augustus Abell (1827-1902), British scientist and inventor who developed explosives
  • Welton Ralph Abell (1922-1998), American Navy Cross recipient
  • Tim Abell (b. 1968), American actor
  • Chris Abell (b. 1957), British biological chemist
  • Kjeld Abell (1901-1961), Danish playwright

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Suggested Readings for the name Abell


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Suggested Readings for the name Abell



  • The Abell Family of St. Mary's County, Maryland and the American Revolution by William Russell Abell.
  • Heirs of Eleanor Abell and Thomas Greenwell by Tillie Whelan Onischak.

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Vive le Roi
Motto Translation: Long life to the King.


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  2. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  3. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  4. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  5. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  6. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  7. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  9. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  10. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
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The Abell Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Abell 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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