Athel History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Athel family

The surname Athel 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 were anciently, recorded in the 8th century, seated in their territories. The Pictish influence on Scottish history diminished after Kenneth Macalpine became King of all Scotland. They were said to have been borne of seven sons of the King Cruithne. But those east coast families still played an important role in government and were more accessible to Government than their western highland counterparts. The family name became associated as a sept of the Clan Dukes of Atholl. Allegiances were important to Scottish middle age survival. Later they held a family seat at Glen Garry.

Early History of the Athel family

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Athel Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Atholl, Athol, Athole, Athetle, Athet and others.

Early Notables of the Athel family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Athel family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Margaret Atholl who went to Pictou, Nova Scotia, as a Scottish emigrant in 1801. There is also a record of Francis Athole settling in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1838..


Contemporary Notables of the name Athel (post 1700) +

  • Athel Staggs (1805-1870), American politician, Member of Indiana State Senate, 1865-67 [1]


  1. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 13) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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