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Where did the English Dewall family come from? What is the English Dewall family crest and coat of arms? When did the Dewall family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Dewall family history?The ancient Anglo-Saxon surname Dewall came from the baptismal name Joel. The surname Dewall referred to the son of Joel which belongs to the category of patronymic surnames. In Old English, patronyms were formed by adding a variety of suffixes to personal names, which changed over time and from place to place. For example, after the Norman Conquest, sunu and sune, which meant son, were the most common patronymic suffixes. In the 12th and 13th centuries, the most common patronymic names included the word filius, which meant son. By the 14th century, the suffix son had replaced these earlier versions. Surnames that were formed with filius or son were more common in the north of England and it was here that the number of individuals without surnames was greatest at this time.
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Dewall has been recorded under many different variations, including Jewell, Jewall, Jule, Joel, Jouel and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dewall research. Another 277 words(20 lines of text) covering the years 1522, 1559, 1560, and 1571 are included under the topic Early Dewall History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Dewall Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Dewall or a variant listed above:
Dewall Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Dewall Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The Dewall Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Dewall Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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