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Ansell Name Study

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Surnames/tags: Ansell Ancell Ansel
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About the Project

The Ansell Name Study project serves as a collaborative platform to collect information on the Ansell name. The hope is that other researchers like you will join the study to help make it a valuable reference point for other genealogists who are researching or have an interest in the Ansell name.

As a One Name Study, this project is not limited to persons who are related biologically. Individual studies can be used to branch out the research into specific methods and areas of interest, such as geographically (England Ansell's), by time period (18th Century Ansell's), or by topic (Ansell DNA, Ansell Occupations, Ansell Statistics). These studies may also include a number of family branches which have no immediate link with each other. Some researchers may even be motivated to go beyond the profile identification and research stage to compile fully sourced, single-family histories of some of the families they discover through this name study project.

Also see the related surnames and surname variants.

How to Join

To join the Ansell Name Study, first start out by browsing our current research pages to see if there is a specific study ongoing that fits your interests. If so, feel free to add your name to the Membership list below, post an introduction comment on the specific team page, and then dive right in!

If a research page does not yet exist for your particular area of interest, please contact the Name Study Coordinator: Richard Hollenbeck for assistance.

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Once you are ready to go, you can also show your project affiliation with the ONS Member Sticker:


Research Pages

Here are some of the current research pages included in the study. I'll be working on them, and could use your help!


Related Surnames and Surname Variants

This is a One Name Study to collect together in one place everything about the surname Ansell and ALL its variants. The hope is that other researchers like you will join our study to help make it a valuable reference point for people studying lines that cross or intersect--and those that don't. Please contact the project leader, add categories to your profiles, add your questions to the bulletin board, add details of your name research, etc.

To add your ancestor to this study, simply include the following category to the Biography section of his or her profile:

[[Category: Ansell Name Study ]]

Origin of Ansell Surname

"This ancient and interesting name is of Old Germanic origin, from a personal name composed of the elements "ans", god, and "helm", protection, helmet. The name was associated particularly with the northern, Lombardy, region of Italy, and was popular throughout that country as Anselm. The given name was introduced into England by St. Anselm (1033 - 1109), Archbishop of Canterbury, who was a Lombard by birth, and although it was never popular with the English, the personal name generated a variety of surnames, ranging from Ansell, Anshell and Ansill, to Hansel(l), Hansill and Hancell, and the diminutive form Anslyn. The surname was first recorded in the late 12th Century (see below), and the development includes: Roger Aunsel (1271, Staffordshire); William Ansel (1279, Cambridgeshire); and William Hansell (1495, Yorkshire). The marriage of Thomas Ansell and Gwynne Jones was recorded at St. Giles' Cripplegate, London, on May 16th 1588. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Petrus Anselmus, which was dated 1192, in the "Pipe Rolls of Sussex", during the reign of King Richard 1, known as "Richard the Lionheart", 1189 - 1199. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling." [1]

Ansell Trivia

  • "Mary Ann Ansell, a housemaid, was hanged at St Albans Prison, England on 19 July 1899, for poisoning her sister Caroline, who was an inmate in an asylum. Her motive was asserted to be to obtain £11.5s from a life insurance policy which she had taken out on Caroline." [2]
  •  : Mary (Ansell) Cannan was married, until 1909, to the author of Peter Pan.


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  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Ansell

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