Show ContentsArrel History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The annals of Scottish history reveal that Arrel was first used as a name by descendants of the Pictish tribe of ancient Scotland. The Arrel family lived in the lands of Errol (Arroll) in Perthshire.

Early Origins of the Arrel family

The surname Arrel was first found in Perthshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Pheairt) former county in the present day Council Area of Perth and Kinross, located in central Scotland, where they held a family seat in the parish of Errol from whence they get their name. The family is not directly related to the Lords of Errol, who are in fact a part of the Scottish Hay clan.

Early History of the Arrel family

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Arrel Spelling Variations

During the Middle Ages, there was no basic set of rules and scribes wrote according to sound. The correct spelling of Scottish names were further compromised after many haphazard translations from Gaelic to English and back. Spelling variations of the name Arrel include Arroll, Arrol, Errol, Erroll, Arrell, Arrel, Errel, Errell, Arrall, Arral, Errall, Erral, Arrill, Arril, Errill and many more.

Early Notables of the Arrel family (pre 1700)

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United States Arrel migration to the United States +

Scots left their country by the thousands to travel to Australia and North America. Desperate for freedom and an opportunity to fend for themselves, many paid huge fees and suffered under terrible conditions on long voyages. Still, for those who made the trip, freedom and opportunity awaited. In North America, many fought their old English oppressors in the American War of Independence. In recent years, Scottish heritage has been an increasingly important topic, as Clan societies and other organizations have renewed people's interest in their history. An examination of passenger and immigration lists shows many early settlers bearing the name of Arrel:

Arrel Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Arrel, who landed in Philadelphia Pennsylvania in 1848 on Facebook