Origins Available: English
The present generation of the Delle family is only the most recent to bear a name that dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. Their name comes from having lived beside the water. The surname Delle originally derived from the Old English word dell
which referred to someone who inhabited an area close to a body of water or glade.
Early Origins of the Delle family
The surname Delle was first found in Sussex
where they held a family seat
from ancient times. Dell means literally in the Saxon dialect "a dweller by the water," or "dell" a glade.
Early History of the Delle family
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Delle Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Delle include Dell, Delle, Dells and others.
Early Notables of the Delle family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Delle family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Delle were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: George Dell who settled first in Boston, and then moved to Salem Massachusetts, about the year 1630. He became a freeman in the year 1651. He was a merchant and died on a voyage to England
in 1654. Thomas Dell settled in Pennsylvania in 1682.