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The family name Noel is thought to be of Norman origins. Originally, Noel was a name given to a person who was connected in some way with the Christmas season. Such a name may have been attached to the person whose duty it was to provide the Yule log to the Lord of the manor, although this connection is by no means exclusive.

Noel Early Origins



The surname Noel was first found in Staffordshire at Ranton, home of Ranton Abbey and Ranton Priory, built c.1150 by Robert fitz Noel of Ellenhall. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
The ruins of Abbey House remain today but most of the building fell to ruin by the late 1600s. For Noel's services as a companion to William the Conqueror, he received the aforementioned priory plus the manors of Ellenhall, Wiverstone, Podmore and Milnese. His eldest son, Robert Noel, Lord of Ellenhall, was granted the greater part of Gainsborough from the Prior of Coventry temp. Henry I. From him derived the Noels of Hilcote and the Noels of the counties of Rutland and Leicester. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.

"The Hall [of Ellenhall] belonged to the ancient family of the Noels, from whom descended the Noels of Hilcote, in this county, and the Noels of Ridlington, in Rutlandshire; it afterwards passed, with the manor, by marriage, to the Harcourts." [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list Ralph Noel in Huntingdonshire and Noel de Aubtanis in Somerset. [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Kirby's Quest listed the name as a forename in Somerset as in: Noel atte Wynde, [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.

The hamlet of Moxhull in Warwickshire played an important part in the family's lineage. "It is situated to the west of the Birmingham and Fazeley canal; and is chiefly distinguished as the residence of Berkeley Noel, Esq., whose seat of Moxhull Park is bounded on the east by the high road: the house was built about the 14th century, and is a substantial edifice, containing some ancient portraits of members of the Noel and Hacket families." [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Another branch of the family was found in Exton, Rutland. "The church is a spacious and elegant structure, chiefly in the early, and partly in the later, English style, with a tower strengthened by buttresses, and surmounted by a spire; it contains several finely-executed monuments to the Noel family and their connexions." [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Yes another branch of the family was found at Little Mearley in Lancashire. "The hamlet and manor of Little Mearley, in the township, still remain in the descendants of William Nowell, the first grantee under John de Lacy, who died in the year 1240." [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.


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Noel Spelling Variations


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Noel 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 Noel have been found, including Noel, Noell, Nole and others.

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Noel Early History


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Noel Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Noel research. Another 208 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1507, 1602, 1515, 1571, 1576, 1558, 1560, 1662, 1641, 1689, 1661, 1690, 1684, 1714, 1590 and 1655 are included under the topic Early Noel History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Noel Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Noel Early Notables (pre 1700)



Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Alexander Nowell ( c. 1507-1602), an English Puritan theologian and clergyman, Dean of St Paul's; Laurence Nowell (c. 1515-c. 1571), an English antiquarian, a cartographer and a pioneering scholar of Anglo-Saxon language and literature, best known for his Nowell Codex, a collection that included...

Another 119 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Noel Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Noel In Ireland


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Noel In Ireland



Some of the Noel family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 75 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



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 Noel were among those contributors:

Noel Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Stephen Noel, who arrived in Virginia in 1714
  • Joseph Noel, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1736
  • Peter Noel and Joseph Noel, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1736
  • Enas Noel, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1736
  • Eneas Noel, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1736
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Noel Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Rosalie Noel, who landed in New York in 1812
  • Charlotte Noel and her husband, who arrived in New York in 1821
  • Mr. Noel, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1822
  • Alphonse Noel, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1835
  • Nicholas Noel, who arrived in New York, NY in 1836
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Noel Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

  • Charles Noel, aged 25, arrived in Canada in 1642
  • Jean Noel arrived in Quebec in 1649
  • Jacques Noel, who arrived in Montreal in 1653
  • François Noel who arrived in Quebec in 1657 from Poitou

Noel Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Pierre Noel arrived in Quebec in 1738
  • Noel Noel arrived in Quebec in 1740 from Ile-de-France
  • Pierre Noel arrived in Quebec in 1758 from Artois, in the north-east of France

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Contemporary Notables of the name Noel (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Noel (post 1700)



  • J. C. Noel, American Republican politician, Member of Virginia State Senate 2nd District, 1904-11; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Virginia, 1916
  • Forest T. Noel, American Democrat politician, Chair of Audrain County Democratic Party, 1967
  • Edmund Favor Noel (1856-1927), American Democrat politician, Member of Mississippi State House of Representatives, 1881-82; Member of Mississippi State Senate, 1895-1903, 1920-27
  • Earl B. Noel, American Democrat politician, Mayor of Moberly, Missouri, 1955-57
  • Cleo Allen Noel Jr. (1918-1973), American politician, U.S. Ambassador to Sudan, 1972-73
  • Charles P. Noel, American politician, Member of California State Assembly 1st District, 1854-55
  • C. R. Noel, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Missouri, 1928
  • Arthur Noel, American politician, Delegate to New Hampshire State Constitutional Convention from Nashua 9th Ward, 1948
  • Aldege A. Noel, American Democrat politician, Member of New Hampshire State Senate 13th District; Elected 1938; Elected unopposed 1948; Delegate to New Hampshire State Constitutional Convention from Nashua 8th Ward, 1948
  • James A. Noel, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Ensenada, 1938
  • ... (Another 16 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Noel Historic Events


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Noel Historic Events




HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. L Noel, British Ordinary Seaman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

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Suggested Readings for the name Noel


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Suggested Readings for the name Noel



  • Eighty Years in America by Leland Noel.
  • The Hardys of Louisiana and their Ancestors by Grace L. Hardy.

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Motto



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: Jus suum cuique
Motto Translation: To every man his own.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  2. ^ Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  4. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  5. ^ Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.

Other References

  1. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  2. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  3. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  4. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  5. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  6. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  7. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  8. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  9. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  10. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  11. ...

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