The generations and branches of the Axell family share a name that has its roots in the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. The name Axell comes from the given name Asketillus,
which is composed of the elements óss
which means god
which means kettle
or sacrificial cauldron
in the Old Norse. This name predates the Norman Conquest
in 1066, and would have been given to one who oversaw the sacrificial rites of pre-Christian England
. The surname, then, signifies "the son or descendant of Asketill".
Early Origins of the Axell family
The surname Axell was first found in Norfolk
, where the family held a family seat.
Early History of the Axell family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Axell research.Another 235 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1101, 1125, 1200, 1205, 1273, 1683, 1686, 1690, 1785, 1361, 1391, 1622, 1660 and 1649 are included under the topic Early Axell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Axell Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Axell include Axtell, Axstell, Axtel, Axstel, Axtill, Axstill, Axtil, Axstil, Axell, Axill, Akstell, Akstill, Ashkettle, Askettle, Asketell, Asketel, Asketill, Asketil and many more.
Early Notables of the Axell family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Simon Asketel, the rector of Boyton, Norfolk
in 1361; Roger Asketil, the rector of Randworth, Norfolk
in 1391; and Colonel... Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Axell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Axell family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Axell or a variant listed above:
Axell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Joyce Axell, who settled in Virginia in 1664