Arckell is a name that came to England
in the 11th century wave of migration that was set off by the Norman Conquest
of 1066. Arckell comes from the Dutch surname Van Arkel.
The name Van Arkel
may spring from the Anglo-Saxon
form of Hercules,
which is Ercol.
A less likely root of the name is the parish of Ercoll Magna,
or High Ercoll
Early Origins of the Arckell family
The surname Arckell was first found in Berwickshire
, in south east Scotland
, arriving in Scotland
soon after the Norman Conquest
in 1066. They are the northern branch of the family name descended from Anketell, or Arnketill.
Early History of the Arckell family
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Arckell Spelling Variations
Before the last few 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 Arckell were recorded, including Arkell, Arkle, Arkill, Arcle, Argal, Argall, Arnkell, Artell, Artill, Arctall, Arktale, Arktell, Arktull, Arkgale and many more.
Early Notables of the Arckell family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Arckell 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
, 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 Arckell arrived in North America very early: Sir Samuel Argal who settled in Virginia in 1624.