Show ContentsAbril History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The history of the Abril family name begins after the Norman Conquest of 1066. They lived the Old French word Avril, meaning April. The name would have initially been given to a child born in the month of April.

Early Origins of the Abril family

The surname Abril was first found in Gloucestershire where they were granted lands by William the Conqueror for their assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066. They were conjecturally descended from a Norman noble, Avril, who landed with William the Conqueror.

Early History of the Abril family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Abril research. Another 59 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1559, 1619, 1601, 1614, 1618, 1666, 1755, 1771, 1754, 1847 and 1754 are included under the topic Early Abril History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Abril 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 Averell, Averall, Avrill, Avril, Averel, Abrill and many more.

Early Notables of the Abril family (pre 1700)

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Abril Ranking

In the United States, the name Abril is the 15,604th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

Ireland Migration of the Abril family to Ireland

Some of the Abril family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Abril migration to the United States +

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 Abril or a variant listed above were:

Abril Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Antonio Abril, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1835 [2]
  • Mariano Abril, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1842 [2]
  • Fausto Abril, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1860 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Abril (post 1700) +

  • Antón García Abril OAXS (1933-2021), Spanish composer and musician
  • Dolores Caballero Abril (1939-2020), Spanish singer and actress

  1. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  2. 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) on Facebook