Carnell Family History
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Carnell Name Meaning
English: apparently a metonymic occupational name for a crossbowman who specialized in fighting from the battlements of castles, from Anglo-Norman French carnel ‘battlement’, ‘embrasure’ (a metathesized form of crenel, Late Latin crenellus, a diminutive of crena ‘notch’). English: reduced form of Carbonell or Cardinal. Swedish: the second element -ell is a common suffix of Swedish surnames, taken from the Latin adjectival ending -elius. The first element is unexplained.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press
Similar surnames: Cornell, Arnell, Cardell, Parnell, Carrell, Farnell, Castell, Carel