The ancient history of the name Sorell began soon after 1066 when the Norman Conquest
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,
and referring to the reddish color of dry leaves.
Early Origins of the Sorell family
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."
Early History of the Sorell family
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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.
Early Notables of the Sorell family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Sorell family to the New World and Oceana
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
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 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
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 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, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rob Roy" in 1865
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)