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The ancient history of the name Sorell began soon after 1066 when the Norman Conquest of England occurred. It was a name 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.

Sorell Early Origins



The surname Sorell 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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Sorell Spelling Variations


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Sorell Spelling Variations



It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Sorell are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Sorell include Sorrell, Sorel, Sorell, Sorril, Sorrill, Sorwell and others.

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Sorell Early History


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Sorell Early History



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

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Sorell Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Sorell Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Sorell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Sorell, or a variant listed above:

Sorell Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Rebecca Sorell, who landed in Virginia in 1716

Sorell Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Sorell, English convict from York, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Almorah voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1817 with 180 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/almorah/1817

Sorell Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Edwin C. Sorell arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rob Roy" in 1865

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Contemporary Notables of the name Sorell (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Sorell (post 1700)



  • William Sorell (1775-1848), British soldier and the 3rd Lieutenant-Governor of Van Diemen's Land (1818-1824)

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Citations


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  1. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Almorah voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1817 with 180 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/almorah/1817

Other References

  1. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  2. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  3. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  4. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  5. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  6. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  8. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  9. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  10. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
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The Sorell Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Sorell 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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