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CLARKE -- British. "Cleric, Clerk, Scholar"

DEWHURST -- British. Name of Village in England

HAIN -- British. "Fences"

GORRELL -- EXPLANATION ( most info from Gorrell Surname List)# 1--Gorrell is a very ancient North Devonshire Saxon name (the Kelts and Saxons live in Devon). There are probably other Gorrell families that have origins elsewhere in England (such as Yorkshire) that are not connected with the Devon Gorrell's but as they too are possibly ethnically Saxon the word 'Gor el' could of had the same meaning to them i.e. a mucky place, where they lived. As for Scots or Irish decent - that's a new one on me and I have not come across any proof of that link. I think there are also German Gorrell connections and of course they too use a similar language to the English Saxons and therefore probably have the same meaning of the name. The only way you can be sure of your decent is to trace each generation and back to Europe. One major thing in favour of a decent from the Devon Gorrell's is that the people of Devon were reknown mariners and the Westcountry generally were amongst the early settlers in America and had a major influence on the development of the American dialect. A lot of Devonshire Gorrell's (Gorwell's / Gorwill's / Gorel's etc) lived around Bideford and Appledore which were important ports a few hundred years ago - and they were mariners, making travel to America more readily available from an earlier period than elsewhere in Europe.

#2 - The following origin of the name Gorrell: "The Mac/Mag GORRELLS were in reality the Sept/Family branch - first known as the Mac GIRLS/Mac Gerls Irish - 'Mac Fhearghaills' who also anglicised their Irish name as Mac Garrell and Mac Gorl. They are now mainly to be found in Co. Leitrim and Co. Cavan but I have no record as yet as to their Tuath/True Family - or where their original ancient Native Irish territory was situated. Being in these two particular Counties there is a very good chance that they were a Sept of the Ui Briuin Breifne Tuath as this was the kingdom of Breifne under the O Rourkes and O Rileys but there original Irish name also correlates with that of the O Ferrals/O Farrells who were east of there and were put under a lot of pressure by the English as they spread out "THE PALE" and moved northwards towards the Ulster Province. Mac FHEARGHAILL can so easily become MaG-erralls"

#3 - The surname Gorrell is not an overly common name in Australia, but even so, it would appear that there may be at least two and possibly three unrelated branches of the family tree here. My investigation of French phone directories shows no Gorrells whatsoever, but the surnames "Gorel" and "Gaurel" appear to be very common. A brief look at the United Kingdom white pages unearths the occasional small cluster of Gorrells, but pales in comparison to the many thousands of entries i have seen in U.S. directories. The only account I have of the origin of the name Gorrell comes from a copy of "The Gorrells of Illawarra" a genealogical history by John M Cunningham of Eastbourne New Zealand. His explanation is very similar to yours and he writes [James (Gorrell)'s forebears probably came from France with the Huguenots in 1673 to escape religeous persecution. The name has been said to mean "collarmaker". However reaney (1958) lists the name as in use as early as 1176: 1) middle English Gorrell "a fat paunched person" from old french gorel "pig" 2)old English Garwulf "spear-wolf" 3)"dweller by the muddy spring". James is believed to have been born in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland.] [The Gorrells had lived only one generation in Ireland and were weavers of cloth. They had fled from France to England and later Ireland for freedom of worship.]

LUCAS -- "English. Patronymic. 'The Son of Luke', the latter the Greek 'of or belonging to Luciana' and the name of the third Evangelist. The name is not found in England before the Norman Conquest". Quote from "West Virginia Surnames, the Pioneers" by William E. Mockler.



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