The ancestors of the name Axel date back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence in the settlement of Hackinsall in Lancashire
, in Hauxwell in the North Riding of Yorkshire
, or in a now-lost place called Hawkeswell in Sevington in Kent
. The surname Axel belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation
names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
Early Origins of the Axel family
The surname Axel was first found in Suffolk
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Axel family
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Axel Spelling Variations
Axel has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Axel have been found, including Haxcel, Axel, Axcel, Axall, Haukewell, Haukeswell, Haxhulle, Haxsall, Haxwell and many more.
Early Notables of the Axel family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Axel family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Axels to arrive on North American shores:
Axel Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Hirsch Axel, aged 27, who settled in America from Kamen, in 1904
- Judel Axel, who emigrated to the United States, in 1907
- Alexander Axel, aged 24, who landed in America from Liverpool, England, in 1907
- David Axel, who landed in America, in 1912
- Fred Axel, aged 31, who emigrated to the United States, in 1923
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Contemporary Notables of the name Axel (post 1700)
- Richard Axel (b. 1946), American neuroscientist, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2004
- Krister Axel (b. 1974), American songwriter and poet
- Gabriel Morch Axel (1918-2014), Danish film director