The Norman Conquest
of 1066 added many new elements to the already vibrant culture. Among these were thousands of new names. The Arkells name is derived 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 Arkells family
The surname Arkells 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 Arkells family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Arkells research.Another 125 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1150, 1500, 1533, 1588, 1572, 1626 and 1621 are included under the topic Early Arkells History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Arkells 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 Arkell, Arkle, Arkill, Arcle, Argal, Argall, Arnkell, Artell, Artill, Arctall, Arktale, Arktell, Arktull, Arkgale and many more.
Early Notables of the Arkells family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Arkells family to the New World and Oceana
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 Arkells or a variant listed above were: Sir Samuel Argal who settled in Virginia in 1624.