Scotland emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Amell family. Originally, the Scottish people were known only by a single name. The process by which hereditary surnames were adopted in Scotland is extremely interesting. Surnames evolved during the Middle Ages when people began to assume an extra name to avoid confusion and to further identify themselves. Often they adopted names that were derived from nicknames. Nickname surnames were derived from an eke-name, or added name. They usually reflected the physical characteristics or attributes of the first person that used the name. The name Amell is a nickname type of surname Anglicized from the Gaelic name O'hAdhmaill, which means active.
Early Origins of the Amell family
Normandy, where Robert, Ranulph, Turstan and Savaric Hamel were recorded in 1180. From Normandy they branched to England in the wake of the Conquest. Shortly after their arrival in England members of the family moved to Scotland, and throughout the following centuries branches of this family were to remain in France as well as in their new homelands.
Early History of the Amell family
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Amell Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Hamill, Hammill, Hamil, Hommill, Homill, Homil, Hammel, Hammell and many more.
Early Notables of the Amell family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Amell family to Ireland
Some of the Amell family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Amell family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Amell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name Amell (post 1700)
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