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Early Origins of the Damsell family

The surname Damsell was first found in Yorkshire where Ralph Damisel, Dameisele was listed in the Pipe Rolls of 1191 and 1204. Again in 1204, Henry Damisel was recorded in the Pipe Rolls for Gloucestershire. A few years later, Roger Damisele was recorded in the Curia Regis Rolls for Berkshire in 1214. [1]

"This surname is derived from a nickname. 'the damsel'; Old French damoisel, a young squire or page." [2]

The Hundredorum Rolls for 1273 had only one listing, that of Simon Damsell in Buckinghamshire while the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 had two: Johannes Damysell; and Robertas Damsell. [2]

Early History of the Damsell family

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Damsell Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Damsel, Damisell, Damsell, Damysell, Densell and others.

Early Notables of the Damsell family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Sir William Damsell, who was knighted on October 2nd, 1553 at Westminster at the Coronation of Queen Mary in the presence of the Queen by the Earl of Arundel who was commissioned to knight those present. He was Receiver-General of the Court of Wards and Liveries and a Member of Parliament. His family hailed from Devon and he was first elected in the House of Commons of England as a member for Wilton in 1553, and in 1555 returned to represent Arundel. In 1553...
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Migration of the Damsell family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: settlers, who arrived along the eastern seaboard, from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands.

Contemporary Notables of the name Damsell (post 1700) +

  • William Damsell, American businessman from Lexington, Ohio who built the first grocery store there called "Cook's Tavern" in 1825
  • A. Damsell, English political candidate for Granby, Prince's Park in the 1978 Liverpool City Council election
  • Martin Damsell, Canadian vocalist and guitarist, known for his work with Little Caesar and the Consuls

  1. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6) on Facebook