The Dels name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. Their name comes from having lived beside the water. The surname Dels 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 Dels family
The surname Dels 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 Dels family
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Dels 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 Dels has undergone many spelling variations
, including Dell, Delle, Dells and others.
Early Notables of the Dels family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Dels family to the New World and Oceana
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 Dels were among those contributors: 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.