The Hudgell surname comes from the place name Yewdale in Lancashire
, which is derived from the Old English word "yew," the type of tree and the Old Norse "dalr," meaning "valley."
Early Origins of the Hudgell family
The surname Hudgell was first found in Lancashire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, at Udale, before and after the Norman Conquest
Early History of the Hudgell family
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Hudgell Spelling Variations
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 Hudgell include Udall, Udale, Udle and others.
Early Notables of the Hudgell family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hudgell family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Hudgell Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Joseph Hudgell, aged 21, a bricklayer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Martha Ridgeway" in 1840