Karel History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The name Karel was brought to England in the wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Karel family lived at Kirkley, a township in the parish of Poneteland in the county of Northumberland. The family name Karel became popular in England after the Norman Conquest, when William the Conqueror gave his friends and relatives most of the land formerly owned by Anglo-Saxon aristocrats. An early roll lists John de Curli of England, 1199 and this source presumes the name is from Thomas de Curleio in Normandy, 1198. 
Another source postulates the name means "dweller near Curley (bend or turn in the road), in Scotland; one who came from Curley, in France; one who had curly hair." 
Early Origins of the Karel family
The surname Karel was first found in Sussex where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Ashburnham, anciently Esseborne. These estates, including three salt houses, were granted to Robert de Criel, a Norman Knight, by William, Duke of Normandy for his assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D., and is so noted in the Domesday Book,  a survey taken of landholders in England in 1086.
Robert de Criel was from the Castle of Criel near Criel-sur-Mer in the arrondisement of Dieppe. Part of the walls of this huge castle are still standing, and there are also traces of a moat. Robert's chief tenant was the Count of Eu. 
Early English rolls showed a wide variety of spellings in Latin and early English: Rannulf de Curleio was listed at Hinton, Hampshire c. 1110; Robert de Curli was found in the Pipe Rolls for Oxfordshire in 1190; William de Curly in the Feet of Fines for Warwickshire 1227-1228; Benedict le Curly in Staffordshire in 1271; and Thomas Curly in the Subsidy Rolls for Warwickshire in 1332. 
Early History of the Karel family
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Karel Spelling Variations
Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Karel have been found, including Crull, Crul, Cruel, Criel, Cryle, Kriel, Krile, Crile, Kirle, Kyrle, Cyrle, Kreel, Creel, Crulle, Crule, Curl, Curle, Girl, Cryll and many more.
Early Notables of the Karel family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Walter Curle (Curll) (1575-1647), an English bishop, a close supporter of William Laud, Bishop of Rochester in 1628, Bishop of Bath and Wells from 1629...
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Migration of the Karel family to Ireland
Some of the Karel family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Karel family
For many English families, the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland, Australia, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Karel were among those contributors: Henry Kirle who settled in Nevis in 1660; Joseph Kirle settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1683; Frederich E. Kriel settled in Philadelphia in 1878.
|Contemporary Notables of the name Karel (post 1700) ||+|
- L. Albert Karel, American Democratic Party politician, Member of Wisconsin State Assembly from Kewaunee County 
- John D. Karel (1878-1959), American Republican politician, Mayor of Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1930-34; defeated, 1934; Member of Michigan State House of Representatives from Kent County 1st District, 1945-50 
- John C. Karel, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for Governor of Wisconsin, 1912, 1914; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Wisconsin, 1916 
- John Karel, American politician, U.S. Consul General in SAINT Petersburg, 1897 
- Louis Karel Dupré (1925-2022), Belgian Catholic phenomenologist and religious philosopher, T. Lawrason Riggs Professor in Yale University's religious studies department from 1973 to 1998, member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
- Willem Karel Dicke (1905-1962), Dutch pediatrician who was the first to develop the gluten-free diet
- Karel van de Graaf (1951-2023), Dutch journalist and television presenter
- Karel Cerny (1922-2014), Czech art director and production designer
- Karel Loprais (1949-2021), Czech rally raid driver and six-time winner of the Dakar Rally in the truck category
- Karel Fiala (1925-2020), Czech operatic tenor and film actor, best known for his portrayal of Mozart's Don Giovanni in the film Amadeus
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Nil moror ictus
Motto Translation: I do not care for blows.
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- The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 6) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html