× Home
×

Family Crest and History Search
House of Names
FREE SHIPPING on orders of $85 or more
An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright © 2000 - 2016

Origins Available: English, French


Avril is a name that was carried to England in the great wave of migration from Normandy following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Avril 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.

Avril Early Origins



The surname Avril 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.

Close

Avril Spelling Variations


Expand

Avril Spelling Variations



Before the last few hundred years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Avril were recorded, including Averell, Averall, Avrill, Avril, Averel, Abrill and many more.

Close

Avril Early History


Expand

Avril Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Avril research. Another 117 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1559, 1619, 1601, 1614 and 1618 are included under the topic Early Avril History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Close

Avril Early Notables (pre 1700)


Expand

Avril Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Avril Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Close

Avril In Ireland


Expand

Avril In Ireland



Some of the Avril 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.

Close

The Great Migration


Expand

The Great Migration



The unstable environment in England at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland, Australia, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Avril arrived in North America very early:

Avril Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Avril settled in New Orleans, La. in 1820
  • John Avril settled in Mississippi in 1820
  • John Avril, aged 44, settled in Mississippi in 1820
  • John Avril, aged 44, settled in New Orleans in 1820

Close

Contemporary Notables of the name Avril (post 1700)


Expand

Contemporary Notables of the name Avril (post 1700)



  • Jean-Jacques Avril, French Divisional General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815
  • Arthur Avril, Engineer and Executive President, California
  • Prosper Avril (b. 1937), former president of Haiti
  • Philippe Avril (1654-1698), French explorer
  • Jane Avril, French dancer who was made famous by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec in his paintings
  • Jacky Avril (b. 1964), French Olympic slalom canoe athlete
  • Édouard-Henri Avril (1843-1928), French painter

Close

Avril Family Crest Products


Expand

Avril Family Crest Products




Close

See Also


Expand

See Also




Close

Citations


Expand

Citations



    Other References

    1. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
    2. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
    3. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    4. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    7. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    8. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    9. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    10. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    11. ...

    The Avril Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Avril Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 11 February 2015 at 14:12.

    Sign Up

      


    FREE SHIPPING on orders of $85 or more
    House of Names on Facebook
    Follow Houseofnames on Twitter
    Houseofnames on Pinterest