Darnell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The Darnell name was originally an Anglo-Saxon name that was given to a grower of darnel, a plant believed to induce intoxication. The name's origins are Old French; darnel is the French name for this plant. It was brought into England by the Normans after the Norman Conquest of 1066. Occupational names frequently were derived from the principal object associated with the activity of the original bearer, such as tools or products. These types of occupational surnames are called metonymic surnames. Occasionally the name was local; there is a Darnall in Yorkshire, and a small group of people took their name from that location. This makes Darnell an example of an English polygenetic surname, which is a surname that was developed in a number of different locations and adopted by various families independently.

Early Origins of the Darnell family

The surname Darnell was first found in Lincolnshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Important Dates for the Darnell family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Darnell research. Another 122 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1095, 1177, 1193, 1379, 1638, 1604, 1645, 1711, 1605, 1675, 1683 and 1689 are included under the topic Early Darnell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Darnell Spelling Variations

Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Darnell has undergone many spelling variations, including Darnell, Darnall, Darnoll, Darnel, Darnal, Darnol, Darnhill, Dartnall, Dartnell and many more.

Early Notables of the Darnell family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include Sir Thomas Darnell, 1st Baronet (died c. 1638), an English landowner, at the centre of a celebrated state legal case in the reign of Charles I of England, often known as the "Five Knights' Case" but to...
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Darnell migration to the United States

To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Darnell were among those contributors:

Darnell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Mary Darnell, who arrived in Virginia in 1663 [1]
  • Richard Darnell, who landed in Maryland in 1674 [1]
  • Thomas Darnell, aged 26, who arrived in Maryland in 1684 [1]
Darnell Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • William Darnell, who settled in Annapolis Maryland in 1758
Darnell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Rachel Darnell, who arrived in New York State in 1820
  • Mr. & Mrs. H. Darnell who arrived in San Francisco California with 2 children in 1856
  • Ellen M. Darnell, aged 18, who immigrated to America, in 1893
  • C.G. Darnell, aged 37, who landed in America, in 1894
  • C. G. Darnell, aged 38, who immigrated to America, in 1895
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Darnell Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Chas. G. Darnell, who immigrated to the United States, in 1904
  • R. J Darnell, who landed in America, in 1904
  • John Darnell, aged 48, who landed in America from Chatterton England, in 1907
  • Edward Darnell, who settled in America, in 1907
  • Elizabeth Darnell, who immigrated to the United States, in 1907
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Darnell (post 1700)

  • Nicholas Henry Darnell (1807-1885), Texan legislator and soldier
  • Linda Darnell (1921-1965), American movie actress
  • Gary Darnell (b. 1948), former American college football player and coach
  • Riley Darnell (b. 1940), former Secretary of State for the state of Tennessee
  • James E. Darnell (b. 1930), American biologist, recipient of the 2002 National Medal of Science
  • Eric Darnell (b. 1960), American film director, writer, voice actor, songwriter, and animator
  • Mike Darnell (b. 1962), American television executive
  • Larry Darnell (1928-1983), American singer
  • Jean Darnell (1889-1961), American silent film actress
  • Erik Darnell (b. 1982), American stock car racing driver
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Darnell family

HMS Dorsetshire
  • Horace Wilfred Darnell (d. 1945), British Supply Assistant aboard the HMS Dorsetshire when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he died in the sinking [2]
HMS Royal Oak
  • George Thomas Darnell (1922-1939), British Boy 1st Class with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [3]

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Citations

  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)
  2. ^ Force Z Survivors HMS Dorsetshire Crew List, (Retrieved 2018, February 13th), https://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listdorsetshirecrew.html
  3. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html
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