Sorrells History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Sorrells is an ancient Norman name, that would have been used in Britain soon after the Conquest of the island in 1066. This name was given to 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, meaning chestnut, and referring to the reddish color of dry leaves.

Early Origins of the Sorrells family

The surname Sorrells 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 Sorrells family

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Sorrells Spelling Variations

Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Sorrell, Sorel, Sorell, Sorril, Sorrill, Sorwell and others.

Early Notables of the Sorrells family (pre 1700)

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United States Sorrells migration to the United States +

Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Sorrells or a variant listed above:

Sorrells Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • George Sorrells, aged 25, who immigrated to America, in 1894
Sorrells Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Chas. J. Sorrells, aged 49, who immigrated to the United States, in 1906
  • Ester Sorrells, aged 20, who landed in America, in 1906
  • C.J. Sorrells, aged 42, who landed in America, in 1908
  • Mrs. C.J. Sorrells, aged 41, who landed in America, in 1908
  • Charles F. Sorrells, aged 59, who immigrated to the United States from London, England, in 1909
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Sorrells (post 1700) +

  • Raymond Edwin "Chick" Sorrells (1896-1983), American Major League Baseball shortstop
  • Walter Sorrells (b. 1962), American award-winning author of mystery and suspense novels for adults and teens, recipient of the 2000 Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Paperback Original
  • W. Ben Sorrells, American politician, Mayor of Laguna Beach, California, 1956 [1]
  • Martin Sorrells, American Libertarian politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Texas 2nd District, 1980 [1]
  • Emmitt B. Sorrells, American politician, Mayor of Greenville, Texas, 1955 [1]
  • D. C. Sorrells, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Georgia, 1920 [1]

  1. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 25) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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