MacKell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the MacKell family

The surname MacKell was first found in Westmorland where they held a family seat 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 the 11th century when they held estates in that shire. One of the first records of the name was Halthe le Machel who was listed there during the reign of Henry I. Humfrey le Machel was also listed in the rolls of Henry II. These latter rolls also lists William Malus Catulus in 1179 and William Manchel in 1206. [1]

Early History of the MacKell family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacKell research. Another 167 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1600, 1234, 1374, 1536, 1455, 1487, 1637, 1704, 1663, 1614, 1671, 1000, 1670, 1765, 1666, 1702, 1699 and 1702 are included under the topic Early MacKell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

MacKell Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name MacKell were recorded, including Machell, Machael, Mauchel, Mauchell, Machel, Mackell, Mackel, Mauckell, Mauckel, Maukel and many more.

Early Notables of the MacKell family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include John Machell (1637-1704), Member of Parliament for Horsham, Sussex, from Hills Place Horsham. in 1663, he courted the sister of Samuel Gott (1614-1671), but Gott would not consent to the match. Machell and a close relative called him to an ale-house where Machell beat...
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United States MacKell migration to the United States +

To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the MacKell family emigrate to North America:

MacKell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • James Mackell, who landed in Massachusetts in 1652 [2]
  • Sanders Mackell, who arrived in Virginia in 1653 [2]
MacKell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Thomas MacKell, who landed in New York, NY in 1816 [2]

Australia MacKell migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

MacKell Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • L.F. Mackell, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "William Watson" in 1849 [3]
  • Mary Mackell, aged 21, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Taymouth Castle" [4]
  • Mary Mackell, aged 19, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Admiral Boxer"

New Zealand MacKell 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:

MacKell Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mary Mackell, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ernestina" in 1865

Contemporary Notables of the name MacKell (post 1700) +

  • Thomas J. Mackell (1914-1992), American Democrat politician, Member of New York State Senate, 1955-66; Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1960, 1964; Queens County District Attorney, 1967-73 [5]
  • Fleming David Mackell (1929-2015), Canadian ice hockey forward who played from 1944 to 1968


  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The barque WILLIAM WATSON 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849WilliamWatson.htm
  4. ^ South Australian Register Thursday 4th May 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Taymouth Castle 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/taymouthcastle1854.shtml.
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 7) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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