Chell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Chell is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from the family once having lived in the township of Chell, in the parish of Wolstanton, union of Wolstanton and Burslem, N. division of the hundred of Pirehill in Staffordshire. [1] The surname Chell belongs to the category of habitation names, which were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

Early Origins of the Chell family

The surname Chell was first found in Staffordshire, at one of the two townsteads, called Great or Little Chell. [2] "The village, which is seated on an eminence, and on the road from Newcastle to Congleton, is chiefly occupied by potters. " [1]

"In the 13th century there were persons of the name of Chelle in Warwickshire, and of the names of Chel and Chele in Norfolk and Lincolnshire." [2]

Early History of the Chell family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Chell research. Another 185 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1500, 1711, 1768, 1550, 1524, 1532, 1535, 1545 and 1554 are included under the topic Early Chell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Chell Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Chell family name include Chell, Chel, Chelle, Chele, Chelley, Chellie and others.

Early Notables of the Chell family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: William Chell or Chelle ( fl. 1550), Precentor of Hereford who took the degree of Mus. Bac. at Oxford on 3 April 1524. "In 1532 he held the prebend of Yne or Eigne on the establishment of Hereford Cathedral. In 1535 he was...
Another 50 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Chell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Australia Chell migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Chell Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

Contemporary Notables of the name Chell (post 1700) +

  • Joseph Arthur Chell (1911-1992), English footballer who played from 1930 to 1933
  • Walter Chell, Canadian cocktail inventor of the Caesar cocktail
  • Carol Chell, British BBC children's television presenter


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.


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