Counsel History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Counsel 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.

Early Origins of the Counsel family

The surname Counsel was first found in Berkshire, where the name appeared in the early 13th century. The Counsel 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.

Early History of the Counsel family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Counsel research. Another 58 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1208, 1208 and 1310 are included under the topic Early Counsel History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Counsel Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Counsel family (pre 1700)

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Australia Counsel migration to Australia +

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

Counsel Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Joseph Counsel, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Bussorah Merchant" in 1848 [1]

  1. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BUSSORAH MERCHANT 1848. Retrieved from on Facebook
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