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Where did the English Axelrod family come from? What is the English Axelrod family crest and coat of arms? When did the Axelrod family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Axelrod family history?

The ancestors of the bearers of the Axelrod family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England. They were first found 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 Axelrod belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

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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 Axelrod include Haxcel, Axel, Axcel, Axall, Haukewell, Haukeswell, Haxhulle, Haxsall, Haxwell and many more.

First found in Suffolk, where they held a family seat from ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Axelrod research. Another 349 words(25 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1404, 1524, 1712, 1762 and 1400 are included under the topic Early Axelrod History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 23 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Axelrod Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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 Axelrod or a variant listed above: Humfry Axall, who sailed to New England in 1678; and Thomas Axall to America in 1769.

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  • David Axelrod (b. 1936), American composer
  • Daniel I. Axelrod (1910-1998), American paleoecologist, botanist, and geologist
  • George Axelrod (1922-2003), American screenwriter, producer, playwright and film director
  • Julius Axelrod (1912-2004), American biochemist who won a share of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1970
  • Robert Axelrod (b. 1943), American professor of political science at the University of Michigan
  • Robert Axelrod (b. 1943), the Arthur W. Bromage Distinguished University Professor of Political Science


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The Axelrod Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Axelrod 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 20 December 2013 at 14:15.

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