The name Dorrel came to England
with the ancestors of the Dorrel family in the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Dorrel family lived in Buckinghamshire
. They were originally from Airel, in La Manche, Normandy
, and it is from the local
form of this name, D'Airel,
meaning from Airel,
that their name derives. "William de Orrell, a gentleman of the north parts of Normandie, soe called of a castle and family of that countrie, the which came in with the Conqueror, being for his good services done in he North... endowed with the possessions of a Saxon called Etheldred of Broadsworth, an ancient seat twelve miles west of Yorke." Such is the statement attached to an old pedigree quoted in Burke's Commoners. CITATION[CLOSE]
The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
Early Origins of the Dorrel family
The surname Dorrel was first found in Buckinghamshire
where this ancient and noble family of Norman descent came over with the Conqueror and seated themselves at Lillingstone before the year 1200. "Richard son of Elais Dayrell being seised of a messuage and half of knight's fee there in King Richard the First's time, or the beginning of King John's reign. Before 1306 the Dayrells became possessed of the fee of the manor, which has ever since continued in the family." CITATION[CLOSE]
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
The Dyarells of Shudy Camps in Cambridgeshire
are a younger branch of the family descending from the second son of Paul Dayrell of Lillinstone, Sheriff of Buckinghamshire
in 1579. The parish of Horkstow in Lincolnshire
"contains a family vault for the Darells, formerly owners of property in the parish." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Dorrel family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dorrel research.Another 469 words (34 lines of text) covering the years 1415, 1539, 1589, 1560, 1589, 1450, 1491, 1465, 1530, 1529, 1513, 1556, 1539, 1589, 1572, 1563, 1651, 1721 and 1845 are included under the topic Early Dorrel History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Dorrel Spelling Variations
Multitudes of spelling variations
are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans
introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Darrell, Dorrell, Dayrell, Darrel, Darell, Darel and others.
Early Notables of the Dorrel family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Elizabeth Darrell, the first wife of John Seymour (c.
1450-1491), and paternal grandmother of Queen Jane Seymour; Sir Edward Darrell (c.
1465-1530), of Littlecote, Wiltshire
, an English politician, Member of the Parliament for Wiltshire
in 1529; Elizabeth Darrell (born c. 1513-c. 1556 )... Another 70 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dorrel Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Dorrel family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Dorrel Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Caleb Dorrel, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750