Abel

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The Abel family has been present in Jersey since at least 1762, and appears to have a Germanic background.


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Adolphus William Abel, his wife and son

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Origins of surname

This surname is most popular in the East of England and Southern Scotland. It is uptimately derived from the personal name, and thus from the son of Adam who was killed by his brother Cain.

It was introduced by returning 12th century Crusaders and was very popular as a personal name during the Middle Ages, when there was a cult of 'suffering innocence' which Abel represented.

Early records

The name first appears in Jersey church records in 1762, when Elizabeth, daughter of John and Elizabeth Abel, was baptised in St Helier. It was not uptil 1809, when Mary Elizabeth, the first of four children of Ludwig Friedrich Abel and Mary Vonburg, was baptised, that a family became established.

However, the baptism records for St Helier at this time are somewhat confusing. They show successive entries for baptisms of children of Ludwig Friedrich and Mary Vonberg, Michael and Mary Brumlot, Lewis Frederick and Mary Vanberg, Lewis Frederick and Mary Brumlot, Johann Michael and Mary Brumlot.

The marriage records do not help, because the first three Abel entries in St Helier are for Ludwig Frederick (German) and Mary Vivian in 1803, Ludwig Frederick and Mary Vonberg in 1807, and Michel and Marie Brumlot in 1810.

Ludwig Frederick and Johann Michael are believed to be the correct names for the fathers, and it is thought that they were brothers.

In the accompanying tree we have done our best to untangle the mess, but without any great confidence in the result.

Variants

  • Abel
  • Able
  • Abele
  • Abelle
  • Abels
  • Abeles
  • Abells
  • Abelson
  • Ableson

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