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The name Axtell is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from the given name Asketillus, which is composed of the elements óss or áss which means god and ketill, 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".

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The surname Axtell was first found in Norfolk, where the family held a family seat.

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Axtell include Axtell, Axstell, Axtel, Axstel, Axtill, Axstill, Axtil, Axstil, Axell, Axill, Akstell, Akstill, Ashkettle, Askettle, Asketell, Asketel, Asketill, Asketil and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Axtell 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 Axtell History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 95 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Axtell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Axtell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Nathaniel Axtell, who arrived in New Haven, Connecticut, in 1639
  • Henry Axtell, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1660
  • Robert Axtell, who settled in Maryland in 1677
  • Daniel Axtell, who settled in South Carolina in 1680

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  • Samuel Beach Axtell (1819-1891), American Democrat politician, Governor of Utah Territory, 1875; Governor of New Mexico Territory, 1875-78; justice of New Mexico Territorial Supreme Court, 1882-85
  • Salmon Axtell, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Washington County, 1839
  • M. W. Axtell, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1876
  • Kenneth M. Axtell, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for New York, 1972; Presidential Elector for New York, 1972
  • Joseph Axtell, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Delaware County, 1920
  • Frances C. Axtell, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Washington 2nd District, 1916, 1926
  • Enos A. Axtell, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Missouri 5th District, 1946
  • Delos Axtell, American Republican politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Delaware County, 1898-1901
  • Andrew C. Axtell, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from New Jersey, 1960 (alternate), 1964
  • Frances Sevilla Cleveland Axtell (1866-1912), American politician, one of the first female legislators in the Washington House of Representatives (1912)

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  2. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
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  7. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  8. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  9. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  10. 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.
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