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

Counsell is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from the family once having lived in the southern English county of Berkshire.

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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.

First found in Berkshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Counsell research. Another 109 words(8 lines of text) covering the years 1208, 1310, 1327, 1609 and 1742 are included under the topic Early Counsell History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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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


  • James Counsell, who arrived in Kansas in 1886
  • James Counsell, aged 54, arrived in Kansas in 1886

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  • Craig John Counsell (b. 1970), American Major League Baseball player
  • Marilyn Trenholme Counsell (b. 1933), Canadian Politician, Lieutenant-Governor of New Brunswick (1997-2003), member of the Senate of Canada (2003)


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  9. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  10. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
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The Counsell Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Counsell 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.

This page was last modified on 3 July 2014 at 14:18.

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