The Norman Conquest
in 1066 added many new elements to an already vibrant culture. Among these were thousands of new names. The Aprel family lived the Old French word Avril,
The name would have initially been given to a child born in the month of April.
Early Origins of the Aprel family
The surname Aprel was first found in Gloucestershire
where they were granted lands by William the Conqueror for their assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066. They were conjecturally descended from a Norman noble, Avril, who landed with William the Conqueror.
Early History of the Aprel family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Aprel research.Another 117 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1559, 1619, 1601, 1614 and 1618 are included under the topic Early Aprel History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Aprel Spelling Variations
Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Averell, Averall, Avrill, Avril, Averel, Abrill and many more.
Early Notables of the Aprel family (pre 1700)
Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Aprel Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Aprel family to Ireland
Some of the Aprel family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 93 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Aprel family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Aprel or a variant listed above: Mr. Averel, aged 36; who landed in New York State in 1820; Alexander Averell landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1866; followed by Arthur Averell in 1878.