Fell Surname Origin
Fel, in the Dutch, signifies fierce, furious, violent; also local, a rocky place, barren and stony hills; any uninclosed place; a moor, a valley. A short time since, a tradesman named James Fell migrated from Ludgate Hill to Fleetstreet, and announced the event in the following manner: "L Fell, from Ludgate Hill;" under which a wag wrote, "Oh what a fall was there, my countryman!"--Lower.
Source: An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names With an Essay on their Derivation and Import; Arthur, William, M.A.; New York, NY: Sheldon, Blake, Bleeker & CO., 1857.
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