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Where did the English Sewel family come from? What is the English Sewel family crest and coat of arms? When did the Sewel family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Sewel family history?The ancient history of the Sewel name begins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the family resided in any of the places named Sewell, Showell, Seawell, and Sywell in England. Sewel is a local surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames. There are a variety of types of local surnames, some of which include: topographic surnames, which could be given to a person who lived beside any physical feature, such as a hill, stream, church or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties. It is also possible that the surname Sewel is a patronymic surname, which derives from the Old English given name Siwal(d). This surname is composed of the elements sige, sę and weard, which mean victory, sea, and rule, respectively.
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Sewel include Sewell, Shewel, Sewel, Sewall, Shewall, Shewal and many more.
First found in Warwickshire where the earliest record of the name was Sewallis, a "noble Saxon" who possessed Lower Eatington before the Norman Conquest. Sewallis was an ancient personal name and was not uncommon in Saxon times.  Girart de Sevele was listed in Normandy in 1180 and the Rotuli Hundredorum lists Roger Sevale in England c. 1272.  Two references claim that four different listings of the name were found in Warwickshire the Domesday Book, our translation  only listed one Sewell, in Bedfordshire as land held by the King that was originally belonging to the Odecrooft hundred but Ralph Taillebois added it to the manor of Houghton Regis with King William's consent. Today Sewell, is a hamlet located in central Bedfordshire and is still in the Houghton Regis civil parish.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sewel research. Another 331 words(24 lines of text) covering the years 1150 and 1366 are included under the topic Early Sewel History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Sewel Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Sewel family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 31 words(2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled 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 ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Sewel or a variant listed above: Thomas Sewell settled in Virginia in 1637; along with Charles in 1654; Martha in 1652; John in 1639; Thomas in 1773; Charles and John Sewell settled in Maryland in 1774.
The Sewel Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Sewel 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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