The Norman name Sorrel was originally used for a person who was 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 Sorrel family
The surname Sorrel 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 Sorrel family
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Sorrel Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations
. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Sorrell, Sorel, Sorell, Sorril, Sorrill, Sorwell and others.
Early Notables of the Sorrel family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Sorrel family to the New World and Oceana
Because of the political and religious discontent in England
, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Sorrel name or one of its variants:
Sorrel Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Robert Sorrel (l) settled in Virginia in 1653
- Robert Sorrel, who arrived in Virginia in 1653 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)
Contemporary Notables of the name Sorrel (post 1700)
- Gilbert Moxley Sorrel (1838-1901), American staff officer and Brigadier-General in the Provisional Army of the Confederate States
Suggested Readings for the name Sorrel
- Notes on the Family History of Sorelle Family of the South by Vivian Sorelle.