This interesting and unusual name is of English locational origin from a place in Essex thus called. Recorded as Lindsela in the Domesday Book of 1086, and as Lindsel circa 1130, "Early charters held in Oxford", the place was so named from the old English pre 7th Century "lind", limetree, plus "(ge)sell", huts or shelter, hence, "huts among the lime trees". The surname is well recorded in Essex church registers from the mid 16th Century. On October 27th 1568, Elizabeth Lindsell and John Wright were married in Kelvedon Hatch, and on October 21st 1599 Elizabeth Lindsell married a Thomas England in Bocking. The name is also recorded as Lindzell and Lyndsall in church registers of London in 1701 and 1790 respectively. Augustine Lindsell, (deceased 1634), D.D., Cambridge, 1621 was Bishop of Peterborough, Northamptonshire, 1633, and of Hereford, 1634. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of James Lindsell, (witness at a christening), which was dated June 24th 1548, Kelvedon Hatch, Essex, during the reign of King Edward V1, "The Boy King", 1547 - 1553. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.
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