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Where did the English Samuel family come from? What is the English Samuel family crest and coat of arms? When did the Samuel family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Samuel family history?It was among those Anglo-Saxon tribes that once ruled over Britain that the name Samuel was formed. The name was derived from the baptismal name for the son of Samuel. This ancient Hebrew font name meaning name of God was not common in the Middle Ages, but was not necessarily of Jewish origin. There were many records of the surname Samuel of English descent.
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Samuel include Samwell, Samuel, Samuell, Samway, Samuels and others.
First found in Cornwall where they held a family seat from early times. The family name first appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Samuel research. Another 151 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1559, 1628, 1628, 1676, 1654, 1694, 1689, 1690, 1690, 1694 and 1705 are included under the topic Early Samuel History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 139 words (10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Samuel Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Samuel family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 51 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Samuel were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:
Samuel Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Samuel Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Samuel Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Samuel Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Samuel Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
Samuel Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
Samuel Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
The Samuel Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Samuel 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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