Dell Family Crest, Coat of Arms and Name History

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Dell Coat of Arms Meaning

The four main devices (symbols) in the Dell blazon are the saltire, lion, garb and cloud. The three main tinctures (colors) are gules, sable and argent .

Gules, the heraldic colour red is very popular, sometimes said to represent “Military Fortitude and Magnanimity”1The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P36. It is usually abbreviated as gu and in the days before colour printing was shown in a system known as hatching by vertical lines 2Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P52. Although it may look like a French word it is normally pronounced with a hard “g” and may be derived either from the Latin gula (throat) or Arabic gule (rose).3A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1847, P154

Sable, the deep black so often found in Heraldry is believed to named from an animal of the marten family know in the middle ages as a Sabellinœ and noted for its very black fur 4A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Sable. In engravings, when colors cannot be shown it is represented as closely spaced horizontal and vertical lines, and appropriately is thus the darkest form of hatching, as this method is known 5Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 26. Although it may seem a sombre tone, and does indeed sometimes denote grief, it is more commonly said to represent Constancy 6The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P35.

Argent is the heraldic metal Silver and is usually shown as very pure white. It is also known more poetically as pearl, moon (or luna) 7Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53. In a sketch or drawing it is represented by plain, unmarked paper 8A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1847, P11.

The saltire is one the major ordinaries, large charges that occupy the whole of the field 9A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Saltire. Arguably one of the best uses of this device is that of the St. Andrews Cross, a white saltire on a blue background found on the Scottish flag. The saltire is obviously closely related to the Cross, and Wade in his work on Heraldic Symbology suggests additionally that it alludes to “Resolution”, whilst Guillim, an even more ancient writer, somewhat fancifully argues that it is awarded to those who have succesfully scaled the walls of towns! 10A Display of Heraldry, J. Guillim, Blome, London, 1679, P63

The art of heraldry would be significantly poorer if we were without the lion in all its forms. Most general works on Heraldry devote at least one chapter solely to this magnificent creature and its multifarious depictions 11A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P172 12Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 63 13Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P140. Some of the earliest known examples of heraldry, dating right back to the knighting of Geoffrey of Anjou in 1127, where he is shown with six such beasts upon his shield 14A Treatise on Heraldry, J. Woodward, W & A.K Johnston, Edinburgh & London, 1896, P45 .The great authority on heraldic symbology, Wade, points out the high place that the lion holds in heraldry, “as the emblem of deathless courage” 15The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P60, a sentiment echoed equally today.

Europe in the middle ages was still a largely agrarian society, and the wealth of the nobility resided in their estates and land. Since most people still lived and worked on the land they would find farm implements instantly recognisable, (an important feature for a coat of arms), even if they seem obscure to us today. 16Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 86 The garb for example is an ancient word for wheatsheaf, something now more frequently seen in Inn signs than in the field! 17A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Garbe

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Origin, Meaning and Family History of the Dell Name

Dell Origin:

England, France

Origins of Dell:

The surname of Dell is considered to be a topographical surname. A topographical surname is used to describe someone who lived on or near a residential landmark. This landmark could be either man made or natural, and would have been easily identifiable in the area from which it hailed, thus making the people who lived near it easily distinguished. Topographical surnames were among the earliest surnames created due to the ease of their creation and distinguishing factors. In the case of the surname of Dell, those who were given the surname often lived near or by a dell, which is a deep hollow or a vale. The other possible origin of the surname of Dell is that it is a locational surname. This means that it was often taken by the Lord or owner of the land from which the name derives. Others who may have take a locational surname are people who have migrated out of the area to seek out work. The easiest way to identify someone who was a stranger at that time was by the name of their birthplace. In the case of the surname of Dell, those who were given this surname from a locational perspective came from any of the places such named as Dell, or Arundel, which was located in Sussex.

Variations:

More common variations are: Duell, Deall, Delly, Della, Delli, Dwell, Doell, Dello, Daell, Delle, Delu, Diell, Diel, Dyell

History:

England:

The first recorded spelling of the surname of Dell can be traced to the country of England. One person by the name of Ralph Dellere, was mentioned in the document known as the Hundred Rolls of Norfolk in the year of 1275. This document was ordered, decreed, and written under the reign of one King Edward I of England, who was known throughout the ages, and commonly referred to as one “The Hammer of the Scots,” or one “Edward Longshanks.” King Edward I of England was such named because of the trials, conquests, and horrors that he enacted on the people of the country of Scotland throughout his rule. King Edward I of England ruled from the year of 1272 to the year of 1307. Other mentions of the surname of Dell within the country of England include one Thomas Dellar, who was married to one Suzan Carter in the year of 1657 and one Edward Dellar who was baptized at St. Boltolph without Aldgate in the year of 1617.

United States of America:

Within the United States of America, many European citizens migrated to the New World within the 17th and 18th centuries. These citizens were in search of a new life, and the New World promised freedoms that these citizens have never been afforded, such as the ability to own land and the ability to worship whichever god they pleased. Among those who migrated to the United States was one George Dell, who arrived in the city of Boston, Massachusetts in the year of 1630.

Here is the population distribution of the last name Dell: United States 10,986; Brazil 4,547; Argentina 4,076; South Africa 3,415; England 3,210; Germany 2,152; Italy 1,646; Canada 1,485; Algeria 1,339; Australia 1,309

Notable People:

Michal Saul Dell (born in 1965) who was the founder and chief executive officer of Dell Inc., and is most commonly known as the 41st richest person in the world on the 2012 Forbes list of billionaires.

Howard L. Dell, who served as the Candidate for the Michigan State House of Representatives in the 62nd District in the year of 1968, and again in the year of 1970, and who was a Republican politician from America.

George T. Dell, who served as the Mayor of Longmont, Colorado from the year of 1885 to the year of 1887, and who was a politician from America.

Eldon H. Dell Jr., who served as a Candidate for the Michigan State House of Representatives in the 76th District in the year of 1964.

Dwight Dell, who served as the Independent Candidate for the U.S. Senator from Nebraska in the year of 1952, and who was a politician from America

Donna Dell, who served as the Independent Candidate for the Presidential Elector for the state of Michigan in the year of 1976, and who was a politician from America.

Diana Dell, who served as the Alternate Delegate to the Democratic National Convention from the state of Massachusetts in the year of 2004, and who was a Democratic politician from America.

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Blazons & Genealogy Notes

Notes: None. Blazon: Argent a lion rampant sable debruised by a saltire gules Crest—A hand erect Issuing from a cloud, holding a garb.

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1. The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P36
2. Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P52
3. A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1847, P154
4. A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Sable
5. Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 26
6. The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P35
7. Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53
8. A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1847, P11
9. A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Saltire
10. A Display of Heraldry, J. Guillim, Blome, London, 1679, P63
11. A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P172
12. Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 63
13. Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P140
14. A Treatise on Heraldry, J. Woodward, W & A.K Johnston, Edinburgh & London, 1896, P45
15. The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P60
16. Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 86
17. A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Garbe