England by the Normans when they conquered the island in 1066. It is a name for a person involved in the measuring and trading of corn. The name springs from the Old English root bushel, which is a measure of volume which is still in use today. Another derivation of the name suggests that it stems from the Norman French root bichelle, which means hind or deer. Which derivation is applicable depends on the geographic roots of the particular family group in question.
Early Origins of the Bessell family
Norman Conquest in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Bessell family
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Bessell Spelling Variations
spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Bissell, Bichell and others.
Early Notables of the Bessell family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bessell family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Bessell Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name Bessell (post 1700)
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