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
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Counsel 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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Migration of the Counsel family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Counsel Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Joseph Counsel, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Bussorah Merchant" in 1848 CITATION[CLOSE]
State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BUSSORAH MERCHANT 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848BussorahMerchant.htm