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Where did the English Saville family come from? What is the English Saville family crest and coat of arms? When did the Saville family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Saville family history?

Saville is a name that was brought to England by the ancestors of the Saville family when they migrated to the region after the Norman Conquest in 1066. The Saville family lived in Yorkshire. Their name, however, is a reference to Saville, in Anjou, France, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066.


Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Savile, Savill, Saville, Seville and others.

First found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Saville research. Another 175 words(12 lines of text) covering the years 1612, 1644, 1640, 1641, 1642, 1633, 1695, 1665, 1700, 1642, 1687, 1673, 1679, 1680 and 1687 are included under the topic Early Saville History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 131 words(9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Saville Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Saville or a variant listed above:

Saville Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • John and Thomas Saville settled in Virginia in 1772

Saville Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Jeremiah and Joseph Saville and their children settled in Baltimore in 1823
  • D Saville, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1855


  • Marshall Howard Saville (1867-1935), American archaeologist
  • Major-General Gordon Philip Saville (1902-1984), American Deputy Chief of Staff for Development, Headquarters US Air Force (1950-1951)
  • Leonard Malcolm Saville (1901-1982), English author
  • Jane Saville (b. 1974), Australian race walker who won a bronze medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens
  • John Saville (b. 1916), British Marxist historian, now Professor emeritus of the University of Hull
  • Mark Oliver Saville (b. 1936), Baron Saville of Newdigate, British Law Lord
  • Philip Saville (b. 1934), British actor


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The Saville Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Saville 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.

This page was last modified on 26 March 2014 at 13:50.

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