Sorrell comes from an English surname meaning “chestnut”, originating as a nickname for someone who had reddish-brown hair. It comes from Old French sorel via sor which refers to a red-brown color (used to describe the coloring of an animal); it derives from Frankish *saur via Proto-Germanic *sauzaz (dry, parched) derived from PIE root *h₂sews- (to be dry).
Sorrell could also be a variant spelling of Sorrel, the name of a perennial herb with sour leaves; it derives from Proto-Germanic *suraz (sour) derived from a PIE root word.
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