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Wassell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms


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Early Origins of the Wassell family


The surname Wassell was first found in Wasdale, or Nether Wasdale, a chapelry, in the parish of St. Bees, union of Whitehaven in Cumberland. Wasdale-Head is a chapelry, nit far from Wasdale. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
The earliest spelling of the place name was Wastedale in 1279 in the Hundredorum Rolls. By 1334, the place name was known as Wascedaleheved and literally meant "valley of the water or lake". [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

As far as the surname is concerned, it could also have been a Norman name as the Magni Rotuli Scaccarii Normanniae of 1180 listed Roger and Hugh Wastel living in Normandy at that time. [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
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)

However, another source notes that the name could also have derived from a type of "fine bread" or "wassail-bowl" as Chaucer notes as "Prioress fed her hounds with Wastel brede." [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.

Exploring the origins of the name in ancient Britain led to the year 1182 when Ralph Wastel held lands in Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk. Soon thereafter the family branched north to Westmorland where they acquired Wastell-head. Ralph and Richard Wastel were listed the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273. [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)


Early History of the Wassell family


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Another 191 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1455, 1487, 1406, 1410, 1406, 1410, 1460, 1515, 1632, 1592, 1632, 1623, 1599 and 1602 are included under the topic Early Wassell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Wassell Spelling Variations


Spelling variations of this family name include: Wastell, Wastall, Wassell, Washtell, Wassall, Gastell, Westell, Wastoile, Westoile, Waistell, Wassell, Wessel, Wessell and many more.

Early Notables of the Wassell family (pre 1700)


Distinguished members of the family include Robert Wastell ( fl. 1406-1410) from Totnes, Devon, an English politician, Member of the Parliament for Totnes in 1406 and 1410; and John Wastell (1460-1515), English Gothic architect responsible for Manchester Cathedral, parts of King's College Chapel, Cambridge, the crossing tower (Bell Harry Tower) of Canterbury...
Another 80 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wassell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Wassell family to Ireland


Some of the Wassell family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 78 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Wassell family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Wassell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Jo Wassell, aged 10, who landed in New England in 1635 [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Henry Wassell, who arrived in Virginia in 1656 [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)

Wassell Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Edward Wassell, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alma" in 1857
  • Francis Wassell, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alma" in 1857
  • David Wassell a bricklayer, who arrived in Otago aboard the ship "City of Dunedin" in 1871

Contemporary Notables of the name Wassell (post 1700)


  • Corydon McAlmont Wassell MD (1884-1958), American Navy physician awarded the Navy Cross during WWII [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Corydon Wassell. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) Corydon Wassell. Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corydon_M._Wassell
  • William C. Wassell, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Pennsylvania State Senate 29th District, 1952 [8]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Sam M. Wassell, American Democrat politician, Mayor of Little Rock, Arkansas, 1947-51 [8]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • John Wassell, American politician, Mayor of Little Rock, Arkansas, 1868 [8]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Kim Wassell (b. 1957), former English footballer who played from 1976 to 1995
  • Dr Richard Wassell FRCO (1880-1949), English composer and organist based in Birmingham, Organist of St Martin in the Bull Ring (1920-1942)
  • Harold Wassell (1879-1951), English professional footballer who played from 1902 to 1906
  • Alan Robert Wassell (b. 1940), former English cricketer who played from 1959 to 1966

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Citations


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  5. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  6. ^ 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)
  7. ^ Corydon Wassell. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) Corydon Wassell. Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corydon_M._Wassell
  8. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html

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