Image:ArmelCOA.JPG Origin of Family Crest Displayed: French



The House of Names, a commercial website, states that the Armel name was first found in Brittany (originally Armorica in ancient times) where the family has been a prominent family for centuries, and held a family seat with lands and manor. The family were well established in the region of Dol and several members of the family distinguished themselves through their contributions toward the community in which they lived and were rewarded with lands, titles and letters patent confirming their nobility.

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were:

  • George Armel, who was naturalized in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania in 1845;
  • Louis Harmel, who was recorded in Iowa between 1849-1857; and
  • Theodore Harmel, who is on record in Philadelphi in 1856.


French: from a Celtic personal name, Arthmael ‘bear prince’, Latin Armagilus. This was the name of a saint who was the subject of a local cult in Brittany.[1]

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