Edell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient roots of the Edell family are found in the German state of Bavaria. Edell was a local name, for someone who lived in Bavaria, where their name Edell derives from the German words, edel, which means noble, and mann, which means man. This name literally translates to nobleman, which indicates their rank between the knightly and the general classes of the population.

Early Origins of the Edell family

The surname Edell was first found in Bavaria, where this family name became a prominent contributor to the development of the district from ancient times. Always prominent in social affairs, the name became an integral part of that turbulent region as it emerged to form alliances with other families within the Feudal System and the nation.

Important Dates for the Edell family

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Edell Spelling Variations

Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations of Edell include Edel, Edelmann, Edellmann, Edellman, Eddelman, Eddelmann, Edelman, Edell and many more.

Early Notables of the Edell family (pre 1700)

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Edell migration to the United States

German settlers were among the most common to come to North America between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries. Poverty and religious persecution drove many Bavarians to make this long trek. tenant farmers were also enticed by the prospect of owning land. From east to west, these German immigrants populated the United States, settling in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada also provided homes to many. Early settlers bearing the Edell surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Edell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Richard Edell, who arrived in Maryland in 1674 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Edell (post 1700)

  • Richard "Dick" Edell (1944-2018), American lacrosse head coach for the University of Maryland, United States Military Academy, and University of Baltimore's men's lacrosse teams
  • Chris Edell, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 1944 [2]


  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. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 29) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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