Re: The Wormell Story; A Family Through The Ages
By Jim Wo August 22, 2014 at 07:18:54
Good Morning Jim-
Well, this is the first time I have ever seen a name similar to mine. Had not my great aunt Maud not insisted an "e'" be added at the end to make it look less German in 1908, our first and last name would be exact. I have been involved in my family's genealogy for 30 years and am now embarking on my brick wall....my great grandfather, William Charles Wormell, born 1839 in Prussia, arriving on leap day 1856 in Boston as a agin boy of just 17. for all intents and purposes, that....other than his mother and father Chalres and Anna...that is all I know about him. He spoke little about Prussia or his family.
Up until a few months ago, I always assumed that Wormell may have been phonetisized or anglicized of his name as Wormell is such an English name. My Y DNA has shown he is of German Celt, Baltic Sea/North Sea origins. As a result, I am wondering if perhaps his ancestors originated in the German states, took part in the Anglo-axon intermingling, remained in England until after 1086 to receive the last name of Wormell and returned to Germany sometime after.
The reason I am writing to yours that I wonder if you did get your YDNA test and if so, if by any stretch of the imagination we match. Last time I looked there was no Wormell/e group. I joined the generic groups, Germany, Baltic/North Sea, Viking and the R1b-U106 groups hoping to find a 67 marker match. I have several 12 but they really don't tell us much. I do not see any other Wormell at Y Search so I assume you have not been tested. I was tested in 2009 but I am hopeful and very much want to find my Wormell roots.
I am wondering if you found the book about the Wormells you were looking for. I am curious about what it said about the roots and if there was a German branch. Isaw a posting from Marie Wormell and she says she saw something about Wormell derived from Wormaldt who was Danish. Funny thing is that Prussia is near Denamrk and both of the witnesses to my great grandfather's naturalization papers were from Denmark. So, now, more than ever, I think there was a relationship between the three.
Thank you for your time. I look forward hearing from you. Even the sallest bit of info helps...as you well know:)