Vowels History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Early Origins of the Vowels family
The surname Vowels was first found in Devon where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor said to have been seated there well before the Norman Conquest. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 10th century when they held estates at Fowelscombe in that shire.
Early History of the Vowels family
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Vowels Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Vowels include Fowell, Fowl, Fowall, Fowel, Phowel, Phowell, Vowell, Voules, Vowels, Vowels, Fowls, Fuggle, Foul, Vowl and many more.
Early Notables of the Vowels family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Sir Edmund Fowell, 1st Baronet (1593-1674), an English politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1640 to 1648 and in 1656; Edmund Fowell (c. 1598-1664), an English politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1646 and 1660; Sir John Fowell, 2nd Baronet (1623-1677), an English politician who sat in the House...
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Migration of the Vowels family
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: Edmond Fowell, who came to Virginia in 1666; James Fowell, on record in the Windward Islands in 1722; John Fowell, who received a land grant in Virginia in 1666.