The history of the name Sorel begins with the Norman Conquest
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,
and referring to the reddish color of dry leaves.
Early Origins of the Sorel family
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."
Early History of the Sorel family
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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.
Early Notables of the Sorel family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Sorel family to the New World and Oceana
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
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