The region of ancient France known as Auvergne is where the name Aurel was born. Aurel was a name for someone who lived in the province of Auvergne, in south central France. Their name is derived from the Viscountcy of Aurelle in that province.
The surname Aurel was first found in Auvergne, a historic province in south central France where the family has held a
since ancient times.
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Most surnames have experienced slight spelling changes. A son may not chose to spell his name the same way that his father did. Many were errors, many deliberate. During the early development of the French language, a person usually gave his version, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. Prefixes or suffixes varied. They were optional as they passed through the centuries, or were adopted by different branches to signify either a political or religious adherence. Hence, there a many spelling variations
of the name Aurel, including Aurelle, Aurèle, Aurrèle, Aurrelle, Orelle, Orèle, Orrèle, Orrelle, Haurelle, Haurèle, Haurrelle, Horelle, Horèle, Horrelle, Aurel, Aurrelle, Aurrèle, L'Aurelle, L'Aurèle, L'Aurrèle, L'Aurrelle, D'Aurelle, D'Aurèle, D'Aurrèle and many more.
Migration from France to New France or Quebec as it was now more popularly called, continued from France until it fell in 1759. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the Acadian presence in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island had reached 500. In the treaty of Utrecht, the Acadians were ceded by France to Britain in 1713. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England
and were deported. They found refuge in Louisiana. In 1793, the remaining French in these provinces came under British rule. Meanwhile, in Quebec, the French race flourished, founding in Lower Canada, one of the two great solitudes which became Canada. Many of this distinguished family name Aurel were prominent in social, cultural, religious and political affairs in France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Aurel were Francis Horell, aged 14; settled in Philadelphia in 1775.