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The Norman Conquest of England of 1066 added many new elements to the already vibrant culture. Among these were thousands of new names. The Ancell name is derived from the Germanic personal name Ansell composed of the elements ans, which means god, and helm, which means protection or helmet.

Ancell Early Origins



The surname Ancell was first found in the English county of Kent where they were granted lands shortly after the Norman Conquest by King William the Conqueror in 1066 A.D. The family is believed to be descended from Pierre Anselm, Archbishop of Canterbury, Ansell being the abbreviation adopted by most branches of this noble Norman family who accompanied the Conqueror into England.

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Ancell Spelling Variations


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Ancell 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 Ansell, Ancell, Ancelle, Anselm, Anselme, Anstrell and many more.

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Ancell Early History


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Ancell Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ancell research. Another 181 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1660, 1929 and 1689 are included under the topic Early Ancell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Ancell Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Ancell Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 34 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ancell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



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 Ancell or a variant listed above were: Edward Ansell, who settled in Nevis in 1663; Elizabeth Ansell, aged 17, who settled in Virginia in 1685; Claude Anselme, who arrived at New Orleans in 1719.

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Contemporary Notables of the name Ancell (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Ancell (post 1700)



  • Nathan S. Ancell (1908-1999), American businessman who co-founded the Ethan Allen furniture company in the 1930s
  • Samuel Ancell (1760-1802), English military writer and soldier
  • Robert Francis Dudgeon "Bobby" Ancell (1911-1987), Scottish football player and manager, capped twice by the Scotland national football team

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
    2. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    3. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    4. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    5. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    6. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    7. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    8. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    9. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    10. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
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    The Ancell Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ancell Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 1 December 2015 at 05:36.

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