Normandy was occupied by various peoples, attached to Belgium or to Celtic Gaul, until the Roman Conquest in the first century B.C.E. The family name NOEL comes from that country.

The family name NOEL was found in Normandy, where they lived in Noailles. A descendant of the family was Robert Noel. Robert, who was a knight, accompanied William, Duke of of Normandy, during his Conquest of England in 1066. He thus received a lot of lands, such as those of Ellenhall, Wiverstone, Podmore and Milnese. Robert became Lord of Ellenhall, then Lord of Gainsborough, title that was granted him by King Henry I, king of England and Normandy.

Through the ages, most of the family names underwent changes in their orthography for different reasons. A father's son could write his name in a different manner from that of his father. A great number of these changes was a simple mistake made by a scribe, a priest or a census taker, when a person articulated his name. Some names gained or lost prefixes or suffixes through the centuries. The different spellings could be adopted by certain branches of a family to designate political or religious adhesions. Therefore there exists many variations of the name of the NOEL family, such as Noell, Noelle, Noel, Noailles, Noe, Noue, de Noel, le Noel, but all from the same origin.

The family name NOEL was found again in Normandy, where that aristocratic family possessed huge properties. In the XVIth century the NOEL had settled in Antons, Brittany, and in Poitou. They then acquired lands in Lorraine where they were Lords in 1573, and north in St-Simon in Languedoc. They were elevated to the rank of Nobles of the Empire in 1806. Jean-Francois NOEL, lexicographer from St-Germaine-en-Laye, wrote a book called Grammaire francais in 1826. Among the numerous Nobles of this family at that time, we find the NOEL family from Normandy.

Among the settlers of North-America we find the name of NOEL: Francois Noel who arrived in Quebec in 1657 from Poitou, Pierre Noel who came to Quebec in 1758 from Antois, Noel Noel who arrived in Quebec in 1740 from Ile-de-France, Jean Noel who came to Quebec in 1649 from Saintonge, and Pierre Noel who arrived in Quebec in 1738 also from Saintonge.

Several members of this renowed family were important in the social, cultural, religious and political domains, in France as well as in New-France, such as Jean-Baptiste Noel, eminent politician during the French revolution, and Marie Rouget Noel, French poetess, born in 1883 and died in 1968.

The most ancient coat-of-arms in the name of the Noel family was composed as follows :
blue background with gold chevron between three silver crescents of moon,
The crest of the Noel family is composed of:
a black eagle.


the family motto is:
Tout Bien ou Rien (All good or nothing)
ANCIENT HISTORY OF THE DISTINGUISHED NOEL FAMILY
(document by Hall of Names Marketing Inc., 1992)
Nowe Pieter Passchier was born about 1530 in Sedan Andennes, France. He married Jeanne Vintier (born about 1535 in Sedan Andennes, France) in 1570 in Sedan Andennes, France.  They were the parents of Peiter (Passchier) Nowe, who was born about 1573 in Sedan Andennes, France-Belgium -Leiden,Zuidholland, Netherlands.

Peiter (Passchier) Nowe married Stinjntje Jaspers (born about 1577 in Sedan Andennes, France-Belgium-Leiden, Zuidholland, Netherlands) September 1, 1596. Their children were:

1. Susanna (Nouwelsz) Nowe (married Jan Barentszn May 11, 1618)
2. Peiter (Nouwelsz) Nowe born about 1597
3. Jacob (Nouwelsz) Noell born about 1599 in Sedan Andennes, France-Belgium - Leiden, Zuidholland, Netherlands.

Jacob, using the patronymic naming system, took his father's given name Nowe (Noell) for his surname. Jacob (Nouwelsz) Noell married Tryntgen Cornelis (born about 1603 in Sedan Andennes, France-Belgium - Leiden, Zuidholland, Netherlands.)February 2, 1619/20 in Zuid, Leiden, Holland, Netherlands. Jacob died in Leiden, Holland. Their children were:

1. Cornelius Noell b: 11 APR 1622 in Leiden, Zuidholland, Netherlands
           Death: 19 JUN 1622 in Leiden, Zuidholland, Netherlands
2. Cornelius Noell , Sr. b: 8 NOV 1623 in Zuid, Leiden S. Holland, Netherlands
           Marriage:  Elizabeth Page 1635 in England
           Death: About June 6, 1699 in Occupacia, Essex County, Virginia
3.  Siburg Noell b: 8 AUG 1627
4.  Boudewyn Noell b: 22 APR 1629
5.  Jan (John) Noell b: 2 JAN 1630/31
          Marriage: Lydia Perkins about 1658 in Va (born about 1635 in Henrico Co., VA)
             Children: Mary Noell b: ABT. 1665 in Charles City Co., Va.---Old Rappahannock, VA.
6.  Peter Noell b: ABT. 1634

Cornelius Noel was born November 8, 1623 1623 in Leiden, South Holland and died June 06, 1699 in Essex County, Virginia. He came to Virginia from the Netherlands and married Elizabeth Page there in 1660. Cornelius Noell was the founder of the Noel name in America. He received land in America on September 25, 1665. He was transported to Virginia by Thomas Panell before September 26, 1668, when Panell obtained a patent for 646 acres of land in Rappahannock County on the south side of the river, about four miles from the waterside, adjoining Mrs. Beheathland Gilson.  He was naturalized April 27, 1686. At that time he was living on the Rappahannock River in Virginia.  He named his land "New Holland".

Their children were:

1.  Daniel Noell b: ABT. 1665 in Occupacia, Essex County, Virginia
           Married about 1693 in Essex Co., Va. to Elizabeth Elliott (born 1672 in Occupacia, Essex                            County, Virginia)
2.  Mary Noell b: ABT. 1669 in Essex Co., Va.
          Married Thomas Cloutsome 10 FEB 1690/91
3.  Margaret Noell b: ABT. 1671 in Occupacia, Essex County, Virginia
          Married: Edmond Connalee 10 JAN 1690/91 in Va.
4.  Cornelius Noell , Jr. b: ABT. 1675 in Occcupacia, Essex Co., Va.
          Married: Sarah Elizabeth Stallard
5.  Elizabeth Noell b: ABT. 1678 in Occupacia, Essex County, Virginia
          Married: John Ridgdaile
6.  James Noell , Sr. b: ABT. 1680 in Occupacia, Essex County, Virginia
          Married: Elizabeth Evans (born about 1695 in Occupacia, Essex County, Virginia) in
                 Occupacia, Essex County, Virginia

James Noell, Sr. died 17 APR 1741 in Occupacia, Essex County, Virginia. His wife, Elizabeth Evans, was the daughter of Reese (born about 1660) and Elizabeth (born about 1664 - maiden name unknown.).  James and Elizabeth's children were:

1.  James Noell , Jr. b: ABT. 1717 in Occupacia, Essex County, Virginia
            Married: Elizabeth Taylor (born about 1721) about 1739
2.  Cornelius Noell , Sr. b: ABT. 1719 in Occupacia, Essex County, Virginia
            Married: Anna Fogg (born about 1723 in Occupacia, Essex County, Virginia) before 1743 in Essex Co., Va.
3.  John Noell , Sr. b: ABT. 1721 in Occupacia, Essex County, Virginia
             Married: About 1740 - Spouse Unknown
4.  Edward Noell b: ABT. 1723 in Occupacia, Essex County, VA
             Married: Susanna (Sukey) Kimbrough (born about 1738 in Caswell Co. NC) About 1759in Caswell Co. NC
5.  Joseph Noell b: ABT. 1724 in Occupacia, Essex County, Virginia
             Married: Mary (Smither) Cave (born about. 1729)
6.  Esther Noell b: ABT. 1725 in Occupacia, Essex County, Virginia
              Married: John Garnett III (born about 1710 in King And Queen County, VA)
7.  Thomas Noell b: ABT. 1727 in Occupacia, Essex County, Virginia
              Death: After 1751 in Essex Co., Va.
8.   Rice Noell b: ABT. 1729 in Occupacia, Essex County, Virginia
              Married: Tabitha Taylor (born about 1731) about 1750
9.   Reuben Noell , Sr. b: ABT. 1715 in Occupacia, Essex County, Virginia
              Married: Sarah Garnett (born about 1706)
10. Richard Noell b: ABT. 1733 in Occupacia, Essex County, Virginia
              Married: Mary Garnett (born about 1737 in Occupacia, Essex County, Virginia)
11. Milley Noell b: ABT. 1737 in Occupacia, Essex County, Virginia
               Death: 11 SEP 1779 in Essex Co., Va.
12. Caleb Noell , Sr. b: ABT. 1741 in Occupacia, Essex County, Virginia
               Married: Elizabeth R. Garnett (born about 1745 in Occupacia, Essex Co., Va.)
13. Eli Noell b: ABT. 1741 in Occupacia, Essex County, Virginia
               Married: Elizabeth Coleman
               Death: ABT. 1818

John Noell, Sr. died November 25, 1776, in Littleton Parish, Cumberland Co. VA.  His first wife who he married about 1740, and is the mother of his children, is unknown.  He married Margaret Tirsley about 1738. His children were:

1. Thomas Noel b: 1741 in Cumberland Co., Virginia
            Married: Mary Drucilla Sellers (born about 1743. in Cumberland Co., Virginia) about 1760 in Virginia
2. Robert Noell b: 1749 in Virginia
            Married: Mary Beverly (born about 1750 in Cumberland County, Virginia)
3. John Noel , Jr. b: 1750 in Virginia
            Death: 1805 in Cumberland Co. Virginia
            Burial: Virginia
4. Rebecca Noel b: 25 MAR 1761
             Married William Guthrie 25 NOV 1775

Thomas Noel died  about June, 1789 in Washington Co., Ky., or Mercer Co., Ky. His wife, Mary Drucilla Sellers, remarried to a man named Sleet June 6, 1801 in Washington Co., Ky. She died about March, 1831 in Washington Co., Ky. or Mercer Co., Ky.

Thomas and Mary's children were:

1.   Benjamin "Berry" Noel b: 1761 in Cumberland Co. Virginia
               Married: Sarah (Unknown) (born 1765 in Mercer County Kentucky)
2.   Garnett Noell b: 1763 in Cumberland Co. Virginia
               Married:  Elizabeth Bell May 15, 1787 in Halifax Co., Va.
3.   John Noel b: 1765 in Cumberland Co. Virginia
4.   Elizabeth Noel b: 1767 in Cumberland Co. Virginia
               Married: William Arnold, August 17, 1786 in Halifax Co., Va.
5.   Lette "Littleberry" Noel b: 1769 in Cumberland Co. Virginia
6.   Musker "Muscoe" Noel b: 1771 in Cumberland Co. Virginia
                Married: Elizabeth Smith (born 1775)  February 21, 1792 in Mercer Co. Ky.
7.   Ann Noel b: 1773 in Cumberland Co. Virginia
                Married: David Bufford August 29, 1794
8.   Nancy Noel b: 1775 in Cumberland Co. Virginia
                Married: John Manion (born about. 1774 in Bedford Co. VA) March 10, 1796 in Lincoln Co. Ky
                 Death: About 1810 in Indiana.
9.   Rebecca "Becky" Noel b: 1777 in Cumberland Co. Virginia
                 Married: Henry Brown June 18, 1795
10. Moses Noel b: 1779 in Cumberland Co. Virginia
11. Tabitha "Taby" Noel b: 1781 in Cumberland Co. Virginia
                  Married: Samuel Arnold
12. Sarah "Sally" Noel b: 25 DEC 1787 in Mercer County Kentucky
                  Married: John R. Robinson (born Oct. 5, 1779 in Hardy Co., Va.) Aug. 25, 1805 in Kentucky

Musker "Muscoe" Noel married Elizabeth Smith Feb. 21, 1792, in Mercer Co., KY. She was the daughter of Henry and Margaret Smith. Their children were:

1. Thomas Noel b: 1796 in Mercer Co., Ky.
                   Married: Nancy Ann Anderson
2.  Mary Noel b: 1798 in Mercer Co., Ky.
                    Married (Unknown) Huffman
3.  Rebecca Noel b: 25 JUN 1799 in Mercer Co., Ky.
                    Married: William A. Kays (born Sept. 10, 1801 in Garrard Co., Ky.) Feb. 20, 1822
4.  Liberty Noel b: 1800 in Mercer Co., Ky.
                    Married:  Ann Hamner November 19, 1822 in Mercer Co. Ky.
                    Death: 1850 in Johnson Co., In.
5.  America Mariah Noel b: ABT. 1802 in Lexington, Ky.
                    Married: Noel Arnold (born 1787) October 21, 1824 in Marshall Co., Ky.
6.  Nancy Noel b: 15 SEP 1803 in Kentucky
                    Married: Solomon Kays March 3, 1824 in Mercer Co. Ky.
7.  John Noel b: 1806
8.  Elizabeth Noel b: 20 DEC 1809 in Kentucky
                     Married: James Kays March 10, 1825
9.  Henry Noel b: 1811
                      Married: Mary Kays (born 1807)
10. Smith B. Noel b: 1814 in Garrard Co., Ky.
                      Married: 1  Mary Rogers
                      Married: 2  Delia Goode (born about 1812 in Mercer Co., Ky.)
                                        October 24, 1836 in Lincoln, Ky.
11. Thomas Jennings Noel b: 12 SEP 1817 in Washington Co., Ky.
                      Married: Elizabeth Whitehouse Nov. 22, 1836
12. Lucinda Noel b: 8 JUN 1818 in Garrard Co., Ky.
                      Married: Ebenezer Trowbridge  Feb. 22, 1836, in Mackville Ky.
13. Sarah Noel
                    Married: Daniel Huggins
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