The name Assels was brought to England
in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Assels family 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 Assels family
The surname Assels 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 Assels family
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Assels Spelling Variations
Endless spelling variations
are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Halsewell, Halswell, Harsewell, Harswell, Hazel, Hazell, Hassal, Hassel, Hassall and many more.
Early Notables of the Assels family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Assels family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious persecution within England
at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Assels or a variant listed above: 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.