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Early Origins of the Quinnell family

The surname Quinnell was first found in Lincolnshire 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 13th century when Quenilda held estates in that shire in 1221.

Early History of the Quinnell family

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Quinnell Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Quinnell have been found, including Quennell, Quenell, Quinell, Quinel, Quennel, Quenill, Quennill, Gwynell, Qynell, Qwynell, Qwinnell, Guinell and many more.

Early Notables of the Quinnell family (pre 1700)

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United States Quinnell migration to the United States +

Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Quinnell, or a variant listed above:

Quinnell Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Mary Quinnell, who arrived in Virginia in 1717 [1]
Quinnell Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Francis Quinnell, aged 24, who immigrated to the United States from Liverpool, in 1917
  • Francis E. Quinnell, who landed in America from Ruddersfield, in 1919
  • James Quinnell, aged 28, who settled in America, in 1920
  • Charles Quinnell, aged 28, who landed in America, in 1920
  • Cecil Quinnell, aged 21, who immigrated to America, in 1921
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Quinnell migration to Australia +

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

Quinnell Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. George Quinnell, British Convict who was convicted in Kent, England for 14 years, transported aboard the "Batavia" in October 1817, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [2]
  • James Quinnell, English convict from Southampton, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on October 22nd, 1824, settling in New South Wales, Australia [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Quinnell (post 1700) +

  • Harry C. Quinnell, American Republican politician, Mayor of Sylvania, Ohio; Elected 1929; Elected unopposed 1931, 1933; Elected 1935 [4]
  • Edward A. Quinnell, American politician, Circuit Judge in Michigan 25th Circuit, 1975-77 [4]
  • A. J. Quinnell (1940-2005), pen name of the English thriller novelist Philip Nicholson
  • Ken Quinnell (b. 1939), Australian screenwriter and director from Sydney, New South Wales
  • Craig Quinnell (b. 1975), former Welsh Rugby Union player from Swansea
  • Gavin Quinnell (b. 1983), former Welsh rugby union player
  • Derek Leslie Quinnell (b. 1949), Welsh rugby player who won 23 rugby union caps for Wales, born in Llanelli
  • Scott Quinnell (b. 1972), former Welsh international rugby league and rugby union player from Morriston, Swansea

  1. 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)
  2. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 30th September 2020). Retrieved from
  3. State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1824 with 9 passengers. Retrieved from
  4. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 8) . Retrieved from on Facebook