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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.

Sorrells Early Origins



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."

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Sorrells Spelling Variations


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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.

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Sorrells Early History


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Sorrells Early History



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

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Sorrells Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Sorrells Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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The Great Migration



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 emigrated to America, in 1894

Sorrells Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Chas. J. Sorrells, aged 49, who emigrated 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 emigrated to the United States from London, England, in 1909
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Sorrells (post 1700)


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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
  • Martin Sorrells, American Libertarian politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Texas 2nd District, 1980
  • Emmitt B. Sorrells, American politician, Mayor of Greenville, Texas, 1955
  • D. C. Sorrells, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Georgia, 1920

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    Other References

    1. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    2. 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.
    3. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    4. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    5. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    6. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    7. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    8. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    9. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    11. ...

    The Sorrells Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Sorrells 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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