The Brunnell surname is thought to be a habitational name, created from any of various places in England called Brownell. There was a Brownell in Yorkshire, in Cheshire, and in Staffordshire. These place names in turn come from the Old English "brun,"meaning "brown," and "hyll" meaning "a hill." 
The surname Brunnell was first found in Derbyshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times. The Brunnell surname may even pre-date the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
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