Sundell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Sundell is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when the family lived at Sunderland, a seaport parish in Durham.

Early Origins of the Sundell family

The surname Sundell was first found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say they were descended from the ancient Baron Scrope of Bolton, who it was said in 1385 "was the best knight of the whole county at jousts and tournaments."

Early History of the Sundell family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sundell research. Another 106 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1627, 1630, 1673, 1750, and 1762 are included under the topic Early Sundell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Sundell Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Sundell are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. 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. The variations of the name Sundell include: Sunderland, Sundeland and others.

Early Notables of the Sundell family (pre 1700)

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

United States Sundell migration to the United States +

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Sundell or a variant listed above:

Sundell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • J E Sundell, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Sundell (post 1700) +

  • Charles C. Sundell, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Amoy, 1932; Saint John's, 1938; Windsor, 1943 [2]
  • Charles J. Sundell, American politician, U.S. Consul in Stettin, 1861-66 [2]
  • Samuel Alwar Sundell (1906-1990), Finnish Baptist pastor, peace activist and politician
  • Per Håkan Sundell (b. 1968), Swedish programmer and computer scientist
  • Ola Sundell (b. 1952), Swedish politician of the Moderate Party, member of the Riksdag since 1994
  • Leif Sundell (b. 1958), retired Swedish association football referee

The Sundell Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Devant si je puis
Motto Translation: Foremost if I can.

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 8) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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