Counsell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Counsell is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from the family once having lived in the southern English county of Berkshire.
Early Origins of the Counsell family
The surname Counsell was first found in Berkshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.
Early History of the Counsell family
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Counsell 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 Counsell family name include Counsell, Councell, Cunseil, Counseil, Counsayl, Consayl and many more.
Early Notables of the Counsell family (pre 1700)
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For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Counsell surname or a spelling variation of the name include:
Counsell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century