The name Agel arrived in England
after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Agel family lived in Huntingdon
. The name is also derived from the ancient baptismal name Ansell.
That name is derived from the Germanic elements ans,
It derived some popularity from the fact that it was borne by a number of famous medieval churchmen. Notably, St. Anselm (c.1033-1109), the Benedictine monk was known as "the father of Scholasticism."
Early Origins of the Agel family
The surname Agel was first found in Nottinghamshire
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Agel family
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Agel Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations
. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Aslin, Aslen, Aslan, Asslin, Aslein, Ascelin, Asselin, Asselyn, Astlen, Aslyn, Asling and many more.
Early Notables of the Agel family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Agel family to the New World and Oceana
Because of the political and religious discontent in England
, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Agel name or one of its variants: John Aslein, who sailed to New York in 1811; and John Asslin, who was recorded in Ontario in 1879.