Show ContentsCondel History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Condel came to England with the ancestors of the Condel family in the Norman Conquest of 1066. It comes from the Norman name Cundel, and arrived with the Norman Conquest of England in 1066.

The parish of Cundall, comprising the townships of Cundall with Leckby, and Norton-le-Clay, in the wapentake of Hallikeld, and the township of Fawdington in that of Birdforth, North Riding of Yorkshire is home to the family. [1]

Early Origins of the Condel family

The surname Condel was first found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat in the North Riding as Lords of the Manor of Cundall, originally pre Conquest, Cundel, at the time of the Norman Conquest of England by Duke William of Normandy in 1066. [2]

In the Domesday Book survey taken in 1086 the village of Cundall was held by Alured from the Count of Mortain. Conjecturally the Cundalls are descended from this Norman noble. [3]

Early English rolls provide us a glimpse of the spelling variations used through Medieval times. Today we typically need to look beyond the spellings of these entries and concentrate on a phonetic appreciation of the names. Ralph de Cundale was listed in the Pipe Rolls of Yorkshire in 1176 and later, Richard de Kundale was recorded in the Subsidy Rolls for Yorkshire in 1301. [4] The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 included an entry for Willelmus de Cundall as holding lands there at that time. [5]

"The Cundalls, or Cundells, or Cundills, derive their name from a North Riding parish. During the 17th and 18th centuries the Cundalls were well known in Ripon, and frequently filled the office of mayor." [6]

Early History of the Condel family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Condel research. Another 27 words (2 lines of text) covering the years 1623, 1627, 1757, 1804, 1808, 1810, 1811, 1814 and 1824 are included under the topic Early Condel History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Condel Spelling Variations

Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Condel family name include Cundall, Cundal, Cundell, Cundel, Cundil, Cundill, Condall, Condal, Condel and many more.

Early Notables of the Condel family

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was

  • Henry Condell (died 1627), an English actor in the King's Men. With John Heminges, he was instrumental in preparing the First Folio, the collected plays of Shakespeare, published in 1623. [7]
  • Another Henry Condell (b. 1757) was a violinist in the orchestras at the Opera House and Drury Lane and Covent Garden Theatres. In 1811 he gained a prize at the Catch Club for his glee, 'Loud blowe th...

Ireland Migration of the Condel family to Ireland

Some of the Condel family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 35 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Condel family

To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Condel family to immigrate North America: John and Elizabeth Cundall who settled in Georgia in 1734 with their three sons, John, Thomas, and William; Edward and Robert Cundell arrived in Maryland in 1737 and the next year moved to Virginia.



  1. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  4. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  5. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  6. Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  7. Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print


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