Show ContentsFunnell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the name Funnell date back to the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Funnell family lived near a place where vennel grew. Vennel was an herb used for cooking. Other sources list the name as a local name derived from the term at the vennel. [1]

Early Origins of the Funnell family

The surname Funnell was first found in Sussex, where William Fenigle was listed in the Subsidy Rolls for 1327. A few years later, Henry atte Fenegle was found in the Subsidy Rolls of 1332, again in Sussex. William and Christina Fenel were recorded in the Subsidy Rolls for Cambridgeshire in 1327 and the Subsidy Rolls for Somerset, respectively. [1]

"An Alan de Wanile, of Huntingdonshire, and Gilbert de la Venele, of Oxfordshire, are found in the Hundredorum Rolls in the reign of Edward I. If, as I imagine, the name is identical with Venell, Venella, and Venello, it is very numerously represented in the former county, where we find Hugh en la Venele, Ralph en le Venele, Walter ad Venell', Alexander in Venella, Gilbert, Eusebius, Galfrid, and Thomasin entered in the above record; besides John, Peter, and Nicholas de Venele in Kent." [2]

Early History of the Funnell family

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Funnell Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Funnell are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Funnell include: Fennell, Vennell, Venall, Fenel and others.

Early Notables of the Funnell family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Funnell family to Ireland

Some of the Funnell family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Funnell migration to the United States +

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Funnell or a variant listed above:

Funnell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Frank Funnell, aged 18, who immigrated to the United States from Sussex, in 1892
Funnell Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Annie Funnell, aged 47, who immigrated to the United States from England, in 1901
  • Ada Funnell, aged 26, who landed in America from Colchester, in 1903
  • Herbert N. Funnell, aged 27, who landed in America from London, in 1907
  • Ernest CH. Funnell, aged 29, who immigrated to America from Stamford, England, in 1908
  • Henry Wm. Funnell, aged 27, who settled in America from London, England, in 1909
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Funnell 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:

Funnell Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Funnell, aged 19, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1865 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Funnell (post 1700) +

  • Jenny Funnell (b. 1963), English television actress
  • William Funnell (b. 1966), English equestrian
  • Pippa Funnell (b. 1968), English equestrian sportswoman
  • Andy Funnell (1982-2004), British Champion windsurfer
  • Air Marshal Raymond George "Ray" Funnell (b. 1935), retired senior officer of the Royal Australian Air Force

HMS Hood
  • Mr. Kenneth G Funnell (b. 1922), English Ordinary Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Hailsham, Sussex, England, who sailed into battle and died in the HMS Hood sinking [4]

  1. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. Cleveland, Dutchess of The Battle Abbey Roll with some Account of the Norman Lineages. London: John Murray, Abermarle Street, 1889. Print. Volume 3 of 3
  3. New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 7th November 2010). Retrieved from
  4. H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from on Facebook