THE web-site for anybody interested in the surname Scarnell
This page is primarily about the SCARNELL surname, descendants and connected families from Norfolk and Suffolk, Lancashire and the London area. Details of living people are not shown without their permission. If you don't find what you are looking for, please re-visit. The aim is to collect details of Scarnells anywhere in the world. Any details that you can add, especially corrections will be gratefully received. GeoffStone@Wedmore.org.uk
The earliest records of the family traced so far come from Norfolk in the 17th century or from Lancashire in the early 19th century. Scarnells found in other places mostly link back to those two areas. There are even Scarnells in Norfolk today whose roots are in Lancashire rather than the 'Norfolk' Scarnells.
Those listed under London Area or Elsewhere are mostly people who have not been linked to their earlier families.
The origins of the name itself is not known, and more research is required to identify the earliest users of the name. So far the earliest references to the name known to the author, with the modern spelling, are around 1590. A number of spelling variations are found in the earlier documents, but it is not yet clear whether Scarnell is itself a variation of another name. The nearest name is Scammel or Scamell which is also found in the south of England. Although the names may look similar in written or typed form, they are not so similar phonetically, so a connection is unlikely.
The name is certainly very rare and found today mainly in the south-east of England. Those with the name, or who can trace their ancestors back to somebody with the name, will find their roots in Norfolk, Lancashire or the London area. With London being such a magnet for employment in the past, it is quite likely that the Londoners originally came from Norfolk or Lancashire. The name is found in Norfolk before those in Lancashire, so may be a family moved to Lancashire to find employment.
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