Abrell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

Early Origins of the Abrell family

The surname Abrell was first found in Herefordshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13thh century when they held estates in that shire.

Important Dates for the Abrell family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Abrell research. Another 154 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1600, 1081, 1139, 1140, 1159, 1442, 1532, 1545, 1455, 1487, 1443, 1419, 1437 and 1442 are included under the topic Early Abrell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Abrell Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Abrell are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Abrell include: Abrahhall, Abrahal, Abbrahall, Abrehall, Abrehal, Abrahale, Abrell, Abbrell, Ebrell and many more.

Early Notables of the Abrell family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Abrell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Abrell family

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Abrell or a variant listed above: Richard Abrahall, who arrived in Maryland between 1655-1658; Robert Abrahall in Virginia between 1659 and 1660; Robert Abrahall was recorded in Virginia in 1681.

Contemporary Notables of the name Abrell (post 1700)

  • Charles Gene Abrell (1931-1951), United States Marine Corps corporal from Terre Haute, Indiana who was killed in action during the Korean War; he was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions and sacrifice of life on June 10, 1951 at Hwachon, Korea
  • Richard Thompson "Dick" Abrell (1892-1973), American football player who played one season for the Dayton Triangles in 1920

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