The Askell name came to Britain with the Normans
. It derives from any of a number of Scandinavian personal names, including the Old Norse name Askell, the Old Danish name Eskil, and the Old Swedish name Æskil, a contracted form of Asketill. Some of the forms found in Normandy
, France included Anschetill, Anketill, Asketin and Anquetin.
Early Origins of the Askell family
The surname Askell was first found in Monmouthshire
(Welsh: Sir Fynwy), where the family held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Askell family
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Askell Spelling Variations
Although there are not an extremely large number Welsh
surnames, there are an inordinately large number of spelling variations
of those surnames. This variety of spellings began almost immediately after the acceptance of surnames within Welsh
society. As time progressed, these old Brythonic names were eventually were recorded in English. This process was problematic in that many of the highly inflected sounds of the native language of Wales
could not be properly captured in English. Some families, however, did decide to modify their own names to indicate a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even a patriotic affiliation. The name Askell has seen various spelling variations: Haskell, Haskel, Askell, Askel, Askill, Askil, Hascall, Hascal, Haskill and many more.
Early Notables of the Askell family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Askell family to the New World and Oceana
In the 1800s and 1900s, many Welsh
families left for North America, in search of land, work, and freedom. Those who made the trip successfully helped contribute to the growth of industry, commerce, and the cultural heritage of both Canada and the United States. In the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Askell Mark Haskell, who settled in Boston in 1620; along with Roger Haskell, who later moved to Salem with William Haskell; Charles Haskell, who arrived in Texas in 1835.