The Uddell surname comes from the place name Yewdale in Lancashire
, which is derived from the Old English word "yew," the type of tree and the Old Norse "dalr," meaning "valley."
Early Origins of the Uddell family
The surname Uddell was first found in Lancashire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, at Udale, before and after the Norman Conquest
Early History of the Uddell family
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Uddell Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations
under which the name Uddell has appeared include Udall, Udale, Udle and others.
Early Notables of the Uddell family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Uddell family to the New World and Oceana
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England
at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Uddell arrived in North America very early: William Udle settled in Carbonear, Newfoundland, in 1798; Patrick Udall settled in Maryland in 1685; John Udall settled in New England
in 1751; James Udell settled in Philadelphia in 1862.