History of the Buell Family in England: From the Remotest Times Ascertainable from Our Ancient Histories, and in America, from Town, Parish, Church and Family Records. Illustrated with Portraits and Coat Armorial

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Society Library, 1881 - 385 pages
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This is a picture of my 10th great grandfather, William Buell.

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Buel, Buil, Buell, Buill, Buille, Boal, Boil, Bohal, Bohal,bohol, Bohall, ad infinitum ~ with origins or presence in Scotland, Wales (N or S), Ireland, Cornwall, Brittany, Galicia or Braganza may all refer to the same people or none of them. With very nearly 50 different spelling conventions in place in the Celtic Fringe of Europe since Roman times down to today, it is amazing that the name stabilized around just a few hundred forms.
When noble lords of that ilk moved to Northern Italy, Eastern France, Southern France, Eastern Spain, Southern Spain, Sicily and various other places during the period the Huguenots were persecuted, spelling revisions were required ~ mostly middle "h" is replaced by middle "n" or "nn" and terminal "a" with a good dozen substitutes with or without an "l" sound. This has much to do with Ocitan and Catalan ~ both popular languages in the 1400-1600 period.
Household servants, retainers, lesser ranked relatives, frequently adopted Carvajal or Carbohal ~ and a series of variations of that name. Beaujolais is believed to be one such variation. With the root name meaning the same as a GREEN GRAPE, this is not farfetched since BEUJOLAIS is a varietal beloved of the French royals who frequently used that name for an eldest daughter.
Given that the Buell progenitors were driven from Great Britain in the 7th century and only returned in 1066 (as Breton warriors) any current UK descendants probably should take a really good look at the royal and noble genealogies ~ the first place name William the Conqueror used was Celtic in origin ~ Vauxhall ~ which may refer to his younger brother's family name.
The name is found in numerous versions in pre-Anglo Saxon records...
 

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