Show ContentsCounsil History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Counsil 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 Counsil family

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

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Counsil Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Counsil family (pre 1700)

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United States Counsil migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Counsil Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Joseph Counsil, who arrived in Mobile, Alabama in 1858
  • Joseph Counsil, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1858 [1]

  1. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8) on Facebook