Irish surnames are all based on the Gaelic language native to Ireland
. The original Gaelic form of the name Chanel is O Conaill.
Early Origins of the Chanel family
The surname Chanel was first found in County Limerick
where O'Connell was the chief of Hy-Cuilean, a territory south-east of Abbeyfeale, in the barony of Upper Connello near the borders of Cork and Kerry. The O'Connells had their chief residence in Castle Connell. In the twelfth century the O'Connells settled in Kerry. One reference claims that the O'Falvies, admirals of Desmond; the O'Connells, of Kerry; O'Sheas, chiefs of Muskerry, in Cork; and several other chiefs, claim descent from the Clan
na Deaga, Chiefs of Munster
, originally a branch of the Heremonians of Ulster
The Cannell variant is "a name peculiar to the Isle of Man, is from the Celtic MacConaill." CITATION[CLOSE]
Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
Early History of the Chanel family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Chanel research.Another 458 words (33 lines of text) covering the years 1000, 1300, 1641, 1621, 1678, 1743, 1833, 1775 and 1826 are included under the topic Early Chanel History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Chanel Spelling Variations
Just like the English language, the Gaelic language of Ireland
was not standardized in the Middle Ages. Therefore, one's name was often recorded under several different spellings during the life of its bearer. Spelling variations
revealed in the search for the origins of the Chanel family name include Connell, O'Connell, Cannell, Connall, Conell, Conall, Connill, Connull, Connel, Connal, Connul, Canell, Cannel, O'Connall, O'Conell and many more.
Early Notables of the Chanel family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Chanel family to the New World and Oceana
left their homeland in astonishing numbers during the 19th century in search of a better life. Although individual reasons vary, most of these Irish families
suffered from extreme poverty, lack of work opportunities, and exorbitant rents in their homeland. Many decided to travel to Australia
or North America in the hopes of finding greater opportunities and land. The Irish immigrants that came to North America initially settled on the East Coast, often in major centers such as Boston or New York. But like the many other cultures to settle in North America, the Irish traveled to almost any region they felt held greater promise; as a result, many Irish with gold fever moved all the way out to the Pacific coast. Others before that time left for land along the St. Lawrence River and the Niagara Peninsula, or the Maritimes as United Empire Loyalists, for many Irish did choose to side with the English during the American War of Independence
. The earliest wave of Irish migration, however, occurred during the Great Potato Famine
of the 1840s. An examination of early immigration and passenger lists has revealed many people bearing the Chanel name: John Cannell who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1652; John Cannell settled in New England
in 1652; Henry Cannell settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1852.
Contemporary Notables of the name Chanel (post 1700)
- Coco Chanel (1883-1971), French couturier
- Chanel Cresswell (b. 1990), English actress, best known for playing Kelly in the film This is England (2006)
- Chanel Capra (b. 1978), American screenwriter, actor and film producer
- Chanel Simmonds (b. 1992), South African professional tennis player
The Chanel Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Ciall agus neart
Motto Translation: Reason and power.