The name Assel was carried to England
in the enormous movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Assel family lived in Cheshire
. This name however, is a topographical reference indicating that the original bearer lived in close proximity to a hazel
tree or grove.
Early Origins of the Assel family
The surname Assel was first found in Cheshire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, after the Norman Conquest
in 1066 A.D. They were descended from Halsewell or De Halsewell from Normandy.
Early History of the Assel family
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Assel 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 Halsewell, Halswell, Harsewell, Harswell, Hazel, Hazell, Hassal, Hassel, Hassall and many more.
Early Notables of the Assel family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Assel family to the New World and Oceana
Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland
, North America, and Australia
in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England
. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Assel or a variant listed above: John Hassall who settled in Virginia in 1653; William Hassell settled in Virginia in 1635; Ralph and Benjamin Hassell settled in Barbados in 1680 with their servants.
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