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As a result of the frequent commercial intercourse between the Flemish and English nations, many Flemish migrants settled in Britain. The Cavell history starts with such a migration. As the population grew and people traveled further afield, it became increasingly necessary to assume an additional name to differentiate between bearers of the same personal name. A broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, nickname surnames refers either directly or indirectly to a characteristic of the first person who used the name. They can describe the bearer's favored style of clothing, physical appearance, habits, or character, among other attributes. Flemish names of this type frequently feature the prefixes lile, which meant the. The surname Cavell is a nickname for a bald person. The surname Cavell is a diminutive of the Old French words chauf and cauf, which mean bald.

Cavell Early Origins



The surname Cavell was first found in Cornwall where they held a family seat from about the year 1200, being originally from Cavell in Flanders.

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Cavell Spelling Variations


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Cavell Spelling Variations



Flemish surnames are characterized by a large number of spelling variations. One reason for this is that medieval English lacked definite spelling rules. The spellings of surnames were also influenced by the official court languages, which were French and Latin. Names were rarely spelled consistently in medieval times. Scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to specific spelling rules, and people often had their names registered in several different forms throughout their lives. One of the greatest reasons for change is the linguistic uniqueness of the Flemish settlers in England, who spoke a language closely related to Dutch. The pronunciation and spelling of Flemish names were often altered to suit the tastes of English-speaking people. In many cases, the first, final, or middle syllables of surnames were eliminated. The name has been spelled Cavell, Cavill, Cavil, Cavyl, Cavel, Cavall and others.

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Cavell Early History


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Cavell Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cavell research. Another 147 words (10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cavell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Cavell Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Cavell Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Cavell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first North American settlers with Cavell name or one of its variants:

Cavell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Cavell, who arrived in Virginia in 1699

Cavell Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Thomas Cavell, who arrived in Virginia in 1717

Cavell Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • James Cavell arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Duke of Wellington" in 1851

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Contemporary Notables of the name Cavell (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Cavell (post 1700)



  • John Caldicott Cavell (1813-1887), English shop proprietor and mayor of Oxford, co-founder of Elliston & Cavell, the largest department store in Oxford
  • Edith Louisa Cavell (1865-1915), English nurse who helped British soldiers escape over the frontier into Belgium during the Great War. She was shot by the Germans
  • Kingsley Cavell, distinguished Welsh professor of inorganic chemistry
  • Paul Francis Louis Cavell (b. 1946), Australian painter in oil, acrylic watercolour, gouache, pen and ink
  • Stanley Cavell (b. 1926), prominent Harvard-based philosopher

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Cavell Historic Events


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Cavell Historic Events




HMS Hood

  • Mr. Percy H Cavell (b. 1919), English Stoker 1st Class serving for the Royal Navy from Market Bosworth, Leicestershire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Arthur Frederick Cavell, British Commissioned Electrician, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking

RMS Titanic

  • Mr. George Henry Cavell, aged 22, English Trimmer from Sholing Hampshire, England who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping on life boat 15

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    2. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    3. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    4. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    5. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    6. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
    7. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    8. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    9. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    10. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    11. ...

    The Cavell Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cavell 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 18 March 2016 at 19:54.

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