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Orbell Early Origins



The surname Orbell was first found in Lincolnshire at Orby, a village and civil parish in the marshes of the Lincolnshire coast. The place dates back to the Domesday Book where it was listed as Heresbi, land held at the time by the Bishop of Durham. By 1115, the place name had evolved to Orreby and literally meant "farmstead or village of a man called Orri," derived from the Old Scandanavian perosnal name + by. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

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Orbell Early History


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Orbell Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Orbell research. Another 237 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 165 and 1658 are included under the topic Early Orbell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Orbell Spelling Variations


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Orbell Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Orby, Orbie, Orbee, Orreby, Orrebey, Orrebie and many more.

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Orbell Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Orbell Early Notables (pre 1700)



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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Orbell Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John Orbell, aged 47, who arrived in Otago aboard the ship "Mariner" in 1849
  • Catherine Orbell, aged 42, who arrived in Otago aboard the ship "Mariner" in 1849
  • Emily Orbell, aged 21, who arrived in Otago aboard the ship "Mariner" in 1849
  • Fanny Orbell, aged 19, who arrived in Otago aboard the ship "Mariner" in 1849
  • Mary Orbell, aged 17, who arrived in Otago aboard the ship "Mariner" in 1849
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Orbell (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Orbell (post 1700)



  • Geoffrey Buckland Orbell MBE (1908-2007), New Zealand physician and bush walker, best known for his rediscovery of the takahe, a flightless bird indigenous to New Zealand in 1948
  • David Rodney Orbell (b. 1963), Australian freestyle swimmer at the 1984 Summer Olympics

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