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The name was derived from the place named Fell in Cumberland which in turn was derived from the Icelandic name "fell" which meant a "fell or wild hill."

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The surname Fell was first found in Dundee where one of the most interesting references of the name was of Finlay Fell, butcher and later burgess in 1533. He was the first of a long list of butchers within the same family which held the profession for more than a century.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Fell, Fells and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fell research. Another 145 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1584, 1649, 1598, 1658, 1625, 1686, 1700, 1614 and 1702 are included under the topic Early Fell History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 171 words (12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Fell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Henry Fell, who landed in Virginia in 1622
  • Henry Fell settled in Virginia in 1623
  • Thomas Fell settled in Maine in 1624
  • William Fell, who landed in Virginia in 1654
  • Edward Fell, who landed in Maryland in 1659


Fell Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Mary Fell settled in Jamaica in 1716
  • Johan Peter Fell, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1748
  • Casper Fell, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1752
  • Margaretha Fell, who landed in America in 1754

Fell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Christopher Fell, who arrived in New York, NY in 1817
  • Robert Fell settled in New Orleans, LA
  • Caspar, Charles, Henry, James, John, Mary, Phillip, Richard, Robert, and Thomas Fell all arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1804 and 1850
  • Nancy A Fell, who arrived in New York in 1850
  • Mr. Fell, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851


Fell Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century


  • W Fell, who arrived in St John, New Brunswick in 1907

Fell Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Harriet Fell arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Cleveland" in 1839

Fell Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • William Fell, aged 33, a baker, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "London" in 1840
  • Elizabeth Fell, aged 31, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "London" in 1840
  • John Fell landed in Bay of Islands, New Zealand in 1840
  • Robert Fell landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1841 aboard the ship Lady Nugent
  • William Fell landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1841


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  • Laurence T. Fell, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 1904
  • John Fell (1721-1798), American politician, Delegate to New Jersey convention to ratify U.S. constitution from Bergen County, 1787
  • Harold B. Fell, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Oklahoma, 1940 (alternate), 1956
  • David Newlin Fell (1840-1919), American politician, Justice of Pennsylvania State Supreme Court, 1894-1910; Chief Justice of Pennsylvania State Supreme Court, 1910-15
  • Norman Fell (1924-1998), American film and television actor, most famous for his role as landlord Mr. Roper on the sitcom Three's Company
  • Rex Selwyn Fell (1944-2016), New Zealand breeder of Thoroughbred racehorses, President of the Manawatu Racing Club
  • Miss Edith Fell (1877-1914), Canadian Third Class Passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914
  • Captain William Fell, Salvage Expert, and many more
  • Sheila Fell, Artist
  • Robert Fell, Chief Executive Stock Exchange

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  1. Browne, James. The History of Scotland it's Highlands, Regiments and Clans 8 Volumes. Edinburgh: Francis A Niccolls & Co, 1909. Print.
  2. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
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  4. Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Glasgow: Harper Collins, 1995. Print.
  5. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  6. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  7. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  8. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
  9. Martine, Roddy, Roderick Martine and Don Pottinger. Scottish Clan and Family Names Their Arms, Origins and Tartans. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1992. Print.
  10. Moody David. Scottish Family History. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0806312688).
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The Fell Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Fell Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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