Averall History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The name Averall was carried to England in the enormous movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Averall family lived the Old French word Avril, meaning April. The name would have initially been given to a child born in the month of April.
Early Origins of the Averall family
The surname Averall was first found in Gloucestershire where they were granted lands by William the Conqueror for their assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066. They were conjecturally descended from a Norman noble, Avril, who landed with William the Conqueror.
Important Dates for the Averall family
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Averall Spelling Variations
Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Averell, Averall, Avrill, Avril, Averel, Abrill and many more.
Early Notables of the Averall family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Averall family to Ireland
Some of the Averall family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Averall migration to Canada
Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Averall or a variant listed above:
Averall Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X