Show ContentsDaniell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The earliest forms of hereditary surnames in Scotland were the patronymic surnames, which are derived from the father's given name, and metronymic surnames, which are derived from the mother's given name. Scottish patronymic names emerged as early as the mid-9th century. The patronyms were derived from a variety of given names that were of many different origins. The surname Daniell is derived from the ancient name Daniel, which means God has judged. 1

Early Origins of the Daniell family

The surname Daniell was first found in Gloucestershire where Alicia Daniel was one of the first records of the name was found temp. Henry III to Edward I. Simon Danyel was later found in Somerset. 2 "The church [of Beckingon, Somerset] contains the remains of Samuel Daniel, poet-laureate and historian, who died here in 1619." 3

Some of the family were found in Yorkshire in early times. The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 list: Beatrix Danyell; Robertus Danyell; Thomas Daniell; Oliva Danyl; and Teffan Danyll. 2

"In Devonshire the name of Daniel is now best represented in the Holsworthy district. There was a John Daneyll, of "Brighe broke," in the hundred of Wonford, Devon, in the 13th century." 4

Up in Scotland, the surname recorded in Aberdeen as both a forename and surname. "Daniel, son of Herleuine, witnessed a charter by Uchtred, son of Fergus, lord of Galloway, c. 1166, and another early individual of the name gave origin to the ancient barony of Danzielstoun in the parish of Kilmalcolm. By the Gaels this name was adopted as an equivalent for Donald." 5

Early History of the Daniell family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Daniell research. Another 240 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1148, 1198, 1279, 1379, 1562, 1619, 1626, 1646, 1660, 1669, 1681, 1703, 1705, 1718 and 1789 are included under the topic Early Daniell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Daniell Spelling Variations

The frequent translations of surnames from and into Gaelic, accounts for the multitude of spelling variations found in Scottish surnames. Furthermore, the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent because medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules. The different versions of a surname, such as the inclusion of the patronymic prefix "Mac", frequently indicated a religious or Clan affiliation, or even a division of the family. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into Scotland, accelerating accentuating the alterations to various surnames. The name Daniell has also been spelled Daniels, Daniell, Daneil, Danyell, Danel, Daniers, Danyei and many more.

Early Notables of the Daniell family

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Daniell Ranking

In the United States, the name Daniell is the 11,571st most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. 6

United States Daniell migration to the United States +

Some of the first North American settlers with Daniell name or one of its variants:

Daniell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Miss Elizabeth Daniell, aged 2, who arrived in New England in 1635 aboard the ship "Increase", listed with the Morse family 7
  • Edward Daniell, who settled in Virginia in 1636
  • Alex Daniell, who settled in Virginia in 1655

Australia Daniell migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Daniell Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Thomas Daniell, (b. 1816), aged 22, Cornish farm overseer, from Falmouth, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "James Pattison" arriving in New South Wales, Australia on 11th December 1838 8
  • Maria Daniell, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Bussorah Merchant" in 1848 9
  • Henry William Daniell, aged 29, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Standard" 10

New Zealand Daniell migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Daniell Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Edward Daniell, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Adelaide 11
  • H C Daniell, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1841 aboard the ship Mandarin
  • Mr. Daniell, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Mandarin" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 21st May 1841 12
  • Mrs. Daniell, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Mandarin" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 21st May 1841 12
  • Edward Daniell, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Libertas" in 1856
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

West Indies Daniell migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. 13
Daniell Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Mr. Henry Daniell, (b. 1615), aged 20, British settler traveling aboard the ship "William and John" arriving in St Christopher (Saint Kitts) in 1635 14
  • George Daniell, who settled in Barbados in 1654

Contemporary Notables of the name Daniell (post 1700) +

  • William Daniell RA (1769-1837), English landscape and marine painter, and engraver who traveled in the Far East producing the illustrated "Oriental Scenery"
  • Thomas Daniell (1749-1840), English landscape painter
  • John Frederic Daniell (1790-1845), English chemist, best known for his invention of the Daniell cell, an electric battery, eponym of the lunar crater Daniell

The Daniell Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Nec timeo nec sperno
Motto Translation: I neither fear nor despise.

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  9. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BUSSORAH MERCHANT 1848. Retrieved from
  10. South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) STANDARD 1852. Retrieved
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