This interesting name derives from the Latin "orabilis" meaning "easy to be entreated". It is first recorded as Orabilis (without surname) in the "Pipe Rolls of Kent", dated 1221 and was popular as a female personal name throughout the 13th Century, taking the forms Orabla, Oragble and Arable (1243), Orabilia (1273) and Orabella (1275). The surname from this source is first recorded in the late 13th Century, (see below). One, Adam Orbel appears in "The Subsidy Rolls of Suffolk", dated 1327. On March 6th 1618, John, son of John and Fortune Orbell, was christened at St.Botolph without Aldgate, London and in 1750 Ambrose Orbell and Ann Curtis were married in St. George's Church, Hanover Square, London. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of John Orable. which was dated 1279, in the "Hundred Rolls of Cambridgeshire". during the reign of King Edward 1, known as "The Hammer of the Scots", 1272 - 1307. 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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