The vast movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest
of 1066 brought the Averel family name to the British Isles. They lived the Old French word Avril,
The name would have initially been given to a child born in the month of April.
Early Origins of the Averel family
The surname Averel 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.
Early History of the Averel family
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Averel 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 Averell, Averall, Avrill, Avril, Averel, Abrill and many more.
Early Notables of the Averel family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Averel family to Ireland
Some of the Averel family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 93 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Averel 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 Averel or a variant listed above were:
Averel Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Mr. Averel, aged 36, who landed in New York State in 1820