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Where did the English Councilman family come from? What is the English Councilman family crest and coat of arms? When did the Councilman family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Councilman family history?

The Councilman surname is derived from the Anglo-Norman French "counseil," meaning "consultation," or "deliberation."It is thought to have originally been a nickname for a wise or thoughtful man, or it may also have been an occupational name for a member of a royal or manorial council.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Councel, Councell, Council, Counsel, Counsell, Consell, Cunseil and many more.

First found in Berkshire, where the name appeared in the early 13th century. The Councilman name is of somewhat uncertain origin. It comes from the old French word "conseil," meaning "council." It is probably of nickname origin, having been given to one who was wise, or fancied himself wise, and often gave advice or council to others. It could also have been of occupational origin, for one who offered council for a living, or of anecdotal origin, because the first bearer offered advice on an important situation or to an important person at one time.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Councilman research. Another 115 words(8 lines of text) covering the years 1208, 1208 and 1310 are included under the topic Early Councilman History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Councilman Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Joseph Counsil, who arrived in Mobile, Alabama in 1858; as well as James Counsell, who arrived in Kansas in 1886.

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The Councilman Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Councilman Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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