Exell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Exell is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from a family once having lived in Eckershall, historically in three places: one in the parish of Bradford in the West Riding of Yorkshire, the second in the parish of Blackburn in the county of Lancaster; and the third in a parish in the county of Stafford.

Early Origins of the Exell family

The surname Exell was first found in Worcestershire 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 Exell family

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Exell Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Exell has been recorded under many different variations, including Eckershall, Eckersall and others.

Early Notables of the Exell family (pre 1700)

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Exell migration to the United States

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Exell or a variant listed above:

Exell Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Christo Exell, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1727 [1]

Exell migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Exell Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Benjamin Exell, aged 23, a labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Douglas" in 1873
  • Harriet Exell, aged 29, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Douglas" in 1873
  • Frederick Exell, aged 20, a farm labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Soukar" in 1874

Contemporary Notables of the name Exell (post 1700)

  • Arthur Wallis Exell (1901-1993), English cryptographer, taxonomist and phytogeographer, Deputy Keeper of Botany at the British Museum
  • Gavin Exell (b. 1962), former Australian rules footballer

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Citations

  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)
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