The vast movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest
of 1066 brought the Assells family name to the British Isles. They lived in Cheshire
. This name however, is a topographical reference indicating that the original bearer lived in close proximity to a hazel
tree or grove.
Early Origins of the Assells family
The surname Assells was first found in Cheshire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, after the Norman Conquest
in 1066 A.D. They were descended from Halsewell or De Halsewell from Normandy.
Early History of the Assells family
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Assells 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 Halsewell, Halswell, Harsewell, Harswell, Hazel, Hazell, Hassal, Hassel, Hassall and many more.
Early Notables of the Assells family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Assells 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 Assells or a variant listed above were: John Hassall who settled in Virginia in 1653; William Hassell settled in Virginia in 1635; Ralph and Benjamin Hassell settled in Barbados in 1680 with their servants.
Contemporary Notables of the name Assells (post 1700)
- Christopher Assells (b. 1954), American Primetime Emmy Award winning sound engineer, known for his work on Skyfall (2012), Gladiator (2000) and The Island (2005)