England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The surname Anncell is based on the Germanic personal name Ansell composed of the elements ans, which means god, and helm, which means protection or helmet.
Early Origins of the Anncell family
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.
St Anselm of Aosta (c. 1033-1109), was a theologian, abbot of Bec, and Archbishop of Canterbury.
Early History of the Anncell family
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Anncell Spelling Variations
hundred years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Anncell were recorded, including Ansell, Ancell, Ancelle, Anselm, Anselme, Anstrell and many more.
Early Notables of the Anncell family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Anncell family to Ireland
Some of the Anncell family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Anncell family to the New World and Oceana
The unstable environment in England at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland, Australia, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Anncell arrived in North America very early: 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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