as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in
where it was the name of a village where the family name held a family seat.
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Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Heppell include Hepple, Heppell, Hepell, Hepwell, Heppwell, Heppall, Hepall, Heple, Heppill, Hepil, Epple and many more.
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Heppell or a variant listed above:
Heppell Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- William Alfred Heppell, aged 35, who immigrated to the United States from London, England, in 1908
- Sarah H. Heppell, aged 34, who landed in America from Sunderlund, England, in 1921
- Herbert Heppell, aged 18, who landed in America from Liverpool, England, in 1922
- Hilda Mabel Heppell, aged 22, who settled in America from Liverpool, England, in 1923
- Agnes Maud Heppell, aged 47, who landed in America from Liverpool, England, in 1923
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