Early Origins of the Dagnell family
The surname Dagnell was first found in Berkshire, where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1200 when Peter de Dagginhall held estates.
Early History of the Dagnell family
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Dagnell Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Dagnell are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Dagnell include: Dagnall, Dagnell, Degnall, Degnell, Daignall and many more.
Early Notables of the Dagnell family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Dagnell family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Dagnell or a variant listed above:
Dagnell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Samuel Dagnell, who settled in Virginia in 1698
Dagnell Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Elizabeth Dagnell, who settled in Virginia in 1768
Dagnell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- James Dagnell, who settled in Allegheny Co. Pennsylvania in 1853
- James Dagnell, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1853 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)