Duell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Duell has a rich and ancient history. It is an Anglo-Saxon name that was originally derived from the baptismal name Joel. The surname Duell referred to the son of Joel which belongs to the category of patronymic surnames. In Old English, patronyms were formed by adding a variety of suffixes to personal names, which changed over time and from place to place. For example, after the Norman Conquest, sunu and sune, which meant son, were the most common patronymic suffixes. In the 12th and 13th centuries, the most common patronymic names included the word filius, which meant son. By the 14th century, the suffix son had replaced these earlier versions. Surnames that were formed with filius or son were more common in the north of England and it was here that the number of individuals without surnames was greatest at this time.

Early Origins of the Duell family

The surname Duell was first found in Wiltshire 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 Duell family

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Duell 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 Duell include Jewell, Jewall, Jule, Joel, Jouel and others.

Early Notables of the Duell family (pre 1700)

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Duell 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:

Duell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Duell, who arrived in Virginia in 1654 [1]
  • Georg Duell, who landed in Virginia in 1658 [1]
Duell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Lewis Duell, who landed in Texas in 1835 [1]
  • H L Duell, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 [1]
  • Andrew Duell, who arrived in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania in 1868 [1]

Duell migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Duell Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Duell a carpenter, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Navarino" in 1837 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Duell (post 1700)

  • Holland Sackett Duell (1881-1942), American lawyer, Army officer and politician, Member of the New York State Assembly in 1907 and 1909, New York State Senator (1921-1922)
  • Randall Duell (1903-1992), American architect and art director
  • William Duell (1923-2011), American actor and singer, known for his roles as Andrew McNair in the musical 1776 and as Jim Sefelt in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
  • Chad Lewis Duell (b. 1987), American three-time Daytime Emmy Award nominated actor, best known for his role as Michael Quartermaine on the American soap opera General Hospital
  • Charles Holland Duell (1850-1920), American commissioner of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (1898-1901)
  • Rodolphus Holland Duell (1824-1891), American lawyer and politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York (1859-1863), (1871-1873) and (1873-1875)


  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. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) NAVARINO 1837. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1837Navarino.htm
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