The ancient Anglo-Saxon
surname Akstel came from the given name Asketillus,
which is composed of the elements óss
which means god
which means kettle
or sacrificial cauldron
in the Old Norse. This name predates the Norman Conquest
in 1066, and would have been given to one who oversaw the sacrificial rites of pre-Christian England
. The surname, then, signifies "the son or descendant of Asketill".
Early Origins of the Akstel family
The surname Akstel was first found in Norfolk
, where the family held a family seat.
Early History of the Akstel family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Akstel research.Another 235 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1101, 1125, 1200, 1205, 1273, 1683, 1686, 1690, 1785, 1361, 1391, 1622, 1660 and 1649 are included under the topic Early Akstel History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Akstel Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations
are common among early Anglo-Saxon
names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Akstel has been recorded under many different variations, including Axtell, Axstell, Axtel, Axstel, Axtill, Axstill, Axtil, Axstil, Axell, Axill, Akstell, Akstill, Ashkettle, Askettle, Asketell, Asketel, Asketill, Asketil and many more.
Early Notables of the Akstel family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Simon Asketel, the rector of Boyton, Norfolk
in 1361; Roger Asketil, the rector of Randworth, Norfolk
in 1391; and Colonel... Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Akstel Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Akstel family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England
made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Akstel or a variant listed above: Tho Axstell, age 35; who settled in Virginia in 1635; Nathaniel Axtell, who arrived in New Haven, Connecticut, in 1639; Henry Axtell, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1660.