The name EZEL appears in (history) records for the first time in the Old Testament, First Samuel 2019. In this chapter, Jonathan warned David that Saul was seeking to slay him and he told David to "remain by the stone EZEL". The word EZEL means the marker of the way. "THE EZELL FAMILY IN AMERICA " By Christine W. Sheldon
This is an old family, the French records derive the name from d'Ussel of Limousin, Marche and Auvergne. The translation of a French sentence in Mr. Amasa B. Windham's "The Ezell Family," which is in the Department of Archives and History in Montgomery, Alabama is "The house (family) of Ussel, springs from the duchy of Ventadour, in Limonsin which is situated under the Lordship of Ussel, near the town of Gannet, proves its connection with William of Ussel, (son of Ebles Ill of Ventadour and Lady (of) Bourbon), pounder of the Abbey of Bonnaygues or Bonaygue in 1157. Established in Marché since 1522." Source "OUR EZELL HERITAGE" By Susie Lee Willams Allen. In Maxwell History and Genealogy, it tells of an old USSEL (sic) CASTLE in the Valley of Aosta which proclaims one branch of the family as prominent in the 13th century.
The city of Ussel still exists today in France in the same area where the old provinces of Limousin, Marche and Anvergne were. The particular area or county is called Correze today. Also the ruins of the "USSEL CASTLE" are still there, in "Valley of Aosta". That's just across the border from France in Italy, I'm told by our local librarian, the area was once part of France). The ruins are used today as a tourist attraction by a local vacation hotel that advertises being a short drive from the "Ussel Castle" ruins.
The Name and the Migration
I believe that the origin of all Ezells is "The House of Ussel" in France. That the Ezells migrated to many other countries. The heaviest migration taken place seeking escape from religious persecution. That we came to America from, England (Isaal), Germany and Russia (Ezel), and many other countries and spellings of our name. But only after immigrating there many years prior to that, from France.
As we migrated to other countries the name Ezell, which I believe has always been pronounced the same in all countries, took on many different spellings as necessary to produce that Ezell Sound. We are a proud family and being particular how our name is pronounced seems to be hereditary. The English came up with many variations of our name including Isel, Isyll, Issyll, Issel, Isaal, etc. The spellings changes continued in old Colonial Surry as pointed out in "Your Inheritance Royal and Baronial" by Mrs. Robbie Lee Gillis Ross Part III Ch. 1, p. 33. She states "The Ezell name has undergone many changes in spelling, lsriell, Isold, lseld, Essell, Ezelle, Ezell and others". It's been pointed out that the French [u] can sound like an [e] to the English ear.
"The Catholic Church persecuted the Huguenots of France for years during the 1500s and 1600s. After 1590 many fled to England and from there to America and other countries, It is probable that it was during this persecution that the Ussels left France". Source "OUR EZELL HERITAGE" By Susie Lee Willams Allen.
In Maxwell History and Genealogy, it states that the UZZELL Family was originally French Huguenot and that they left France to escape religious persecution. Some of them went to England where they became Anglicized.
There were two "Isylls" in MaryJean Childress Voegtlin's post, who were baptized in the mid 1500s at the Church of St. Kentigern in Crossthwaite near Keswick. This is very close to the Church at Isel in Cumbria, England. One of those Isylls was named George. Doesn't that sound very close to the traditional stories of the migration that have been passed down by our ancestors.
One of the UZZELLS who became Anglicized, migrated to America in 1635, and settled in the tidewater sections of Virginia. Source EARLY GENEALOGIES AND TRADITIONS OF THE EZELL (UZZELL) FAMILY in "THE EZELL FAMILY IN AMERICA " By Christine W. Sheldon. I believe this one to be our Timothy Isaal. The progenitor of our particular branch of the Ezell family.