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Udel History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Udel 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 Udel family

The surname Udel was first found in Lancashire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, at Udale, before and after the Norman Conquest in 1066.

Early History of the Udel family

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Udel Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Udel family name include Udall, Udale, Udle and others.

Early Notables of the Udel family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Udel family to the New World and Oceana

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Udel surname or a spelling variation of the name include : 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.

Contemporary Notables of the name Udel (post 1700)

  • Joan Erbe Udel (1926-2014), American painter and sculptor from Baltimore
  • Joan Erbe Udel (1926-2014), American painter and sculptor from Baltimore, nicknamed "The Grand Duchess of Baltimore Painters"

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