Hartell
Prn: har-TELL, not Hartle like bottle.
It's plainly Germanic, but no clue what ethnicity our family is, just lots of European.
Thx, YT :)
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As a German name it would probably be the same as HARTEL or HÄRTEL. A patronym fo a short form of a name starting with the element "harti" (hard) (Hartmann, Hartwich etc.).
The stress on the second syllable, you indicate, points to France though.
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And this is what Oxford says1. English (West Midlands): habitational name from any of the places called Harthill, named with Old English heorot ‘hart’ + hyll ‘hill’. There are several places of this name, for example in Cheshire, Derbyshire, and South Yorkshire, but apparently none in the West Midlands. It is also possible that the surname represents a truncated derivative of Hartlebury in Worcestershire. This place name derives from the Old English personal name Heortla + Old English burh ‘fort’.
2. German: Americanized spelling of Hartel or Härtel.
(Dictionary of American Family Names, Oxford University Press)
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