Show ContentsDebell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Debell is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from the baptismal name Theobald,which was an ancient personal name. After the Norman Conquest, the Old English naming system gradually dissolved. Old English names became less common and were replaced by popular continental European names.

"In the 13th century century Tibbe was used as a pet-name for both men and women, from Isabel or Tibald (Theobald). The latter interchanged with Tebbe." [1]

Early Origins of the Debell family

The surname Debell was first found in the Domesday Book of 1086; several bearers of Debell as a personal name were recorded as landowners after the Norman Conquest, particularly in Huntingdonshire, Cambridgeshire, and Suffolk. The first recorded instance as a surname occurred in 1199, where Tomas Teobald was living in Gloucestershire.

Theobald or Tedbaldus (d. 1161), was Archbishop of Canterbury and came of a Norman family of knightly rank who settled near Thierceville, in the neighbourhood of Bec Hellouin. "He became a monk of Bec between 1093 and 1124, was made prior in 1127, and elected abbot in 1137. The see of Canterbury having been vacant since the death of William of Corbeil in 1136, the prior of Christ Church and a deputation of monks were summoned before King Stephen and the legate Alberic, and on 24 Dec. 1138 elected Theobald archbishop. " [2]

Early History of the Debell family

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Debell Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Debell include Theobald, Theobalds, Diebold, Theobold, Tubald, Tudball, Dipple, Diebald, Teupel, Diepelt, Dewalt and many more.

Early Notables of the Debell family (pre 1700)

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United States Debell migration to the United States +

A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Debell Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Mary Debell, who landed in Virginia in 1703 [3]
  • Jacob Debell, aged 26, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1738 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Debell (post 1700) +

  • James "Jimmy" DeBell, retired American football official in the National Football League (NFL)
  • Jeffrey DeBell, American artist, known for his work on The Hunger Games (2012), Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006) and There Will Be Blood (2007)
  • Kristine DeBell (b. 1954), American actress, known for her roles in Meatballs (1979), Battle Creek Brawl (1980) and The Young and the Restless (1973)

  1. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  3. 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