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The history of the name Sorel begins with the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. This Norman name was soon thereafter given to a person with red hair, a ruddy complexion, or who dressed habitually in the color red. The name was originally derived from the Old Norse word sor, meaning chestnut, and referring to the reddish color of dry leaves.

Sorel Early Origins



The surname Sorel was first found in Essex where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands at Waltham and Stebbings by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D. Sorrell means "yellow."

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Sorel Spelling Variations


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Sorel Spelling Variations



Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Sorel family name include Sorrell, Sorel, Sorell, Sorril, Sorrill, Sorwell and others.

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Sorel Early History


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Sorel Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sorel research. Another 196 words (14 lines of text) covering the year 1200 is included under the topic Early Sorel History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Sorel Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Sorel Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Sorel Notables 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



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Sorel Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Nicolas Sorel, who landed in Quebec in 1747

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Contemporary Notables of the name Sorel (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Sorel (post 1700)



  • Louise Sorel (b. 1940), born Louise Jacqueline Cohen, an American actress
  • Nancy Sorel (b. 1964), Canadian actress, winner of the Canadian Comedy Awards for the TV series Less Than Kind in 2009

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    2. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    3. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    4. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    5. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    6. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    7. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    8. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
    9. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    10. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
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    The Sorel Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Sorel 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.

    This page was last modified on 21 March 2016 at 08:35.

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