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

Abels Early Origins



The surname Abels 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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Abels Spelling Variations


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Abels Spelling Variations



Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. 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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Abels Early History


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Abels Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Abels 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 Abels History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Abels Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Abels 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 Abels 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



Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Abels or a variant listed above:

Abels Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Chas. Abels, aged 34, arrived in New York in 1893 aboard the ship "Paris" from Southampton, England [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6BD-J2W : 6 December 2014), Chas. Abels, 24 Jun 1893; citing departure port Southampton, arrival port New York, ship name Paris, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • Johann Abels, aged 76, arrived in New York in 1893 aboard the ship "Lahn" from Bremen, Germany [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J61C-NPR : 6 December 2014), Johann Abels, 12 Oct 1893; citing departure port Bremen, arrival port New York, ship name Lahn, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • Alwine Abels, aged 18, arrived in New York in 1896 aboard the ship "Lahn" from Bremen, Germany [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JX3Y-7XM : 6 December 2014), Alwine Abels, 22 Oct 1896; citing departure port Bremen, arrival port New York, ship name Lahn, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

Abels Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • W.R. Abels, arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Lake St. Regis" from Havana, Cuba [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6WX-4P1 : 6 December 2014), W.R. Abels, 20 Oct 1919; citing departure port Havana, arrival port New York, ship name Lake St. Regis, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • Walter Abels, arrived in New York City, New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Fort Wright" from Azores [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6H2-2QS : 6 December 2014), Walter Abels, 11 Jan 1920; citing departure port Azores, arrival port New York City, New York, New York, ship name Fort Wright, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

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Contemporary Notables of the name Abels (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Abels (post 1700)



  • Paul Abels (1937-1992), American Methodist minister
  • Michael Abels (b. 1962), American classical composer
  • David Abels, English founder of Abels Shipbuilders Ltd, a ship and boat builder in Bristol, England in 1980
  • Erika Abels (1896-1975), Austrian painter and graphic artist
  • Jacobus Theodorus "Jacob" Abels (1803-1866), Dutch painter
  • Erika Abels (1896-1975), born Erika Abels d'Albert, an Austrian painter and graphic artist

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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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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6BD-J2W : 6 December 2014), Chas. Abels, 24 Jun 1893; citing departure port Southampton, arrival port New York, ship name Paris, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  3. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J61C-NPR : 6 December 2014), Johann Abels, 12 Oct 1893; citing departure port Bremen, arrival port New York, ship name Lahn, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  4. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JX3Y-7XM : 6 December 2014), Alwine Abels, 22 Oct 1896; citing departure port Bremen, arrival port New York, ship name Lahn, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  5. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6WX-4P1 : 6 December 2014), W.R. Abels, 20 Oct 1919; citing departure port Havana, arrival port New York, ship name Lake St. Regis, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  6. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6H2-2QS : 6 December 2014), Walter Abels, 11 Jan 1920; citing departure port Azores, arrival port New York City, New York, New York, ship name Fort Wright, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

Other References

  1. 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).
  2. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  3. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  4. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  5. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  6. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  7. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  8. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  9. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  10. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
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The Abels Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Abels 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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