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Where did the Scottish Postell family come from? What is the Scottish Postell family crest and coat of arms? When did the Postell family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Postell family history?

The Postell surname is thought to derive from a place name, most likely from Postlewaite in the Parish of Millom, Cumberland. The place name comes from and Old English personal name Possel or Postel, combined with "thwaite," which means "a clearing."


Spelling variations of this family name include: Postlethwaite, Postelthwaite, Postel, Postell, Postels, Postells, Postill, Posselthwaite, Postlewhite, Postlethwait, Poslethwaite, Postlewaite, Poslethwait, Postillthwaite, Postilthwaite and many more.

First found in Cumberland, where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The family appear from ancient documents to have held lands in various parts of Cumberland from an early period. The original name came from Possel or Postel's clearing, a thwaite being a clearing. In time, the 'thwaite' was corrupted to 'white' and some of the family name still prefer this spelling.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Postell research. Another 180 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1780 and 1809 are included under the topic Early Postell History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Postell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Wm. Postell settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Wm Postell, aged 22, arrived in Virginia in 1635

Postell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Gabriel Postell, aged 12, landed in New Orleans, La in 1839
  • Agnes Postell, aged 35, who emigrated to America, in 1893

Postell Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Mrs. D. Postell, aged 49, who landed in America, in 1904
  • Ernest Postell, aged 38, who emigrated to the United States from Birmingham, England, in 1913
  • Mery C. Postell, aged 21, who settled in America, in 1921
  • Ernest Postell, aged 38, who landed in America, in 1923
  • Margaret W. Postell, aged 26, who emigrated to Chicago, Ill., in 1924


  • Andre Lavor Postell (b. 1978), American retired NBA professional basketball player
  • Ashley Postell (b. 1986), American tow-time gold, silver and bronze artistic gymnast


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: Semper paratus
Motto Translation: Always prepared.


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The Postell Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Postell Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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