to the KERRELL
family name KERRELL, in its current form, has been around for about 450
years. The origin of the family name goes back much further than that,
having originated from Robert de Criol b. 1047,
son of Robert Count of Eu.
de Criol takes his name from a town now known as Criel Sur Mer near Eu in France, which he held from his father. After the
Norman conquest his father, Robert Count of Eu,
was granted a number of manors, as chief tenant, by William the Conqueror,
included amongst these was Ashburnham, Sussex. Robert Count of Eu made his son, Robert de Criol
a sub-tenant of Ashburnham, Sussex as recorded in 1086 in the Doomsday
Book. Robert is the ancestor of the landed and titled family of Criol of Kent and it is thought he may also be the
ancestor of the Ashburnham family as well.
direct male line of the Criol family is documented
as having died out in the 15th century, although several branches have
survived the extinction of the main line. The last in line of the landed
and titled family of Criol was Sir Thomas Kyriel of Sarrecourt and Westenhanger, Kent. Sir Thomas Kyriel
in 1461, after the second battle of St. Albans. He was fighting for the
house of York.
Kerrell named developed through the centuries from de Criol
(1047-1377), de Keriel (1231), de Kyriel (1249), Kyriel (1320),
Kiriel (1330), Kirrell
(1500), Kyrrell (1527), Kerrell (1555).
Westinghanger Castle, Kent
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