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Early Origins of the Harrel family

The surname Harrel was first found in Argyllshire (Gaelic erra Ghaidheal), the region of western Scotland corresponding roughly with the ancient Kingdom of Dál Riata, in the Strathclyde region of Scotland, now part of the Council Area of Argyll and Bute.

The name in Anglo Saxon, signifies "The love of the army," From Har, an army, and hold, love. [1] Hence the name is often referred to as "powerful warrior." [2]

Further to the south in England, the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 listed: Agnes Harald, Oxfordshire; John Harald, Wiltshire; Reginald Haralt, Oxfordshire; and Roger Harold, Buckinghamshire. [3]

Later the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls included: Robertus Harald; and Stephen Harald as holding lands there at that time. [3]

Early History of the Harrel family

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Harrel Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Harold, Harald, Harrell, Hirrell, Hurrell and others.

Early Notables of the Harrel family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family at this time was Francis Harold, O.F.M. (died 1685), an Irish Franciscan and historical writer. He was a native of Limerick, and member of the Franciscan order, to which his uncle, Luke Wadding, was the historiographer. Harold...
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Harrel Ranking

In the United States, the name Harrel is the 10,618th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [4]

Ireland Migration of the Harrel family to Ireland

Some of the Harrel family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Harrel family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Patrick, Paul, and William Harold who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1800 and 1860.

Contemporary Notables of the name Harrel (post 1700) +

  • John Mortimer Harrel (1828-1907), American lawyer in Little Rock, Arkansas from the 1850s to 1870s Commander of the Southern Arkansas Division, United Confederate Veterans
  • Donny Harrel (b. 1969), American college baseball coach, currently serving as head coach of the Seattle Redhawks baseball team
  • Rod Harrel (b. 1960), American actor, writer, director in theatre, video production and film productions
  • Sir David Harrel GCB GBE KCVO PC (1841-1939), Irish police officer and civil servant, Chief Commissioner of the Dublin Metropolitan Police (1883–1893) and Permanent Under-Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland (1893–1902)

  1. Arthur, William , An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. London: 1857. Print
  2. Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York: Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  3. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?"., on Facebook