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Russel is one of the many new names that came to England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Russel family lived in Dorset. Their name, however, is a reference to Roussel, Normandy, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. The family there were lords of Rosel, an ancient neighbourhood of Cherbourg. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.


Russel Early Origins



The surname Russel was first found in Dorset where they were originally descended from William Bertram, Baron of Briquebec, living in 1012. His son Hugue (Hugh) named de Roussel attended Duke William at Hastings, and became Marshall of England. "Hugh de Rosel, a benefactor of the abbey of Caen accompanied the Conqueror to England, and was rewarded with possessions in county Dorset, the principally of which were Kingston, afterwards called Kingston-Russell and Berwick, the latter of which is still in possession of the family." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
The noted Scottish author George F. Black believed that while not discounting the Norman influence, he felt the name was "most probably a diminutive of rous, 'red'," and that Chaucer's reference to 'Daun Russel' in Nonne Prestes Tale was "alluding to his reddish color." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
He also notes one the first records in Scotland was Walter Russell who witnessed a charter by Walter filius Alani to the Abbey of Paisley, c. 1164-77. A few years later, John, son of Robert Russel of Doncallaw, granted lands to the Hospital of Soltre between 1180 and 1220. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
Moving back to the English branch of the family, we found a few listed in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273, specifically: Miriel Russell in Huntingdonshire; Simon Russel in Cambridgeshire; and Elyas Russell in London. The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 listed: Johannes Russell and Robertus Russell. [3]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)
Over on the Isle of Wight in Yaverland, a small branch of the family was found at one time. "An ancient mansion of the Russells here, subsequently of the Richards family, and now a farmhouse, is a good specimen of the Elizabethan style." [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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Russel Spelling Variations


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Russel Spelling Variations



Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Russell, Russel and others.

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Russel Early History


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Russel Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Russel research. Another 393 words (28 lines of text) covering the years 1012, 1683, 1727, 1741, 1437, 1423, 1424, 1432, 1417, 1486, 1555, 1550, 1577, 1632, 1601, 1614, 1602, 1669, 1625, 1632, 1669, 1639, 1683, 1660, 1731, 1613, 1700, 1680, 1711, 1642, 1714, 1679, 1683, 1694, 1702, 1710, 1735, 1629, 1692, 1683 and are included under the topic Early Russel History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Russel Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Russel Early Notables (pre 1700)



Outstanding amongst the family at this time was John Russell (died 1437), an English landowner and Justice of the Peace, Speaker of the House of Commons (1423-1424) and in 1432, High Sheriff of Herefordshire in 1417; Sir John Russell, (c.1486-1555), Lord High Steward and Lord Keeper of the privy seal under...

Another 184 words (13 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Russel Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Russel In Ireland


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Russel In Ireland



Some of the Russel family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 209 words (15 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


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The Great Migration



For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Russel or a variant listed above were:

Russel Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Maximilian Russel, who landed in Virginia in 1622
  • Francis Russel, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1683
  • Gavin Russel, who arrived in New Jersey in 1685
  • Peter Russel, who arrived in New Jersey in 1685

Russel Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Charles Russel, who arrived in Virginia in 1723
  • David Russel, aged 25, landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1774
  • James Russel, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1775
  • Elizabeth Russel, who landed in Virginia in 1783

Russel Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Stephen Russel, who arrived in New York in 1801
  • Frances Russel, aged 40, arrived in New York, NY in 1803
  • Annie Russel, aged 38, landed in New York, NY in 1803
  • John Russel, who landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1811
  • Catherine Russel, who arrived in New Jersey in 1813
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Russel Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Cornelia Russel U.E. who settled in New Brunswick c. 1784 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mrs. Jane Russel U.E. who settled in New Brunswick c. 1784 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Russel Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Jonathan Russel arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Abberton" in 1849
  • Eliza Russel arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Stebonheath" in 1849
  • Charles Russel arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "William Hyde" in 1849

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Contemporary Notables of the name Russel (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Russel (post 1700)



  • Samuel Russel, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Utah, 1912 (speaker)
  • Joseph Russel, American politician, Mayor of Hoboken, New Jersey, 1875-78
  • John W. Russel, American politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Kings County 4th District, 1909
  • John Russel, American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Bethany, 1839
  • Jim Russel, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 2008
  • Harry L. Russel, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Washington County, 1920
  • David Russel, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1972
  • Charles E. Russel, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1972
  • Andrew Russel (b. 1856), American Republican politician, Illinois State Treasurer, 1909-11, 1915-17
  • Alexander L. Russel, American politician, Secretary of the commonwealth of Pennsylvania, 1850-52; Adjutant General of Pennsylvania, 1862-67, 1870-73
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Russel Historic Events


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Russel Historic Events




HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Russel, British Ordnance Artificer, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

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Motto


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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: Che sara sara
Motto Translation: What will be will be.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  5. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  2. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  3. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  4. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  5. 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).
  6. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  7. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  8. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  9. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  10. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  11. ...

The Russel Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Russel 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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