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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 Cavill 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 Cavill is a nickname for a bald person. The surname Cavill is a diminutive of the Old French words chauf and cauf, which mean bald.

Cavill Early Origins



The surname Cavill 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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Cavill Spelling Variations


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Cavill 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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Cavill Early History


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Cavill Early History



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

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Cavill Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Cavill Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Cavill 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



Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Cavill family to immigrate North America:

Cavill Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Cavill, aged 38, arrived in Massachusetts in 1813
  • Michael, Francis and William Cavill arrived in Philadelphia in 1856

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Contemporary Notables of the name Cavill (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Cavill (post 1700)



  • Sydney "Sid" Cavill (b. 1945), Australian swimmer, part of the Cavill Family, credited with the originating the butterfly stroke
  • Arthur Cavill (1877-1914), Australian swimmer, part of the Cavill Family, credited with originating the Australian crawl stroke
  • Joy Cavill (1923-1990), Australian writer and producer
  • James Freeman "Jim" Cavill (1862-1952), Australian hotelier from Brisbane, one of the pioneers of the Gold Coast, Australia
  • Henry William Dalgliesh Cavill (1983-2013), British actor, known for his work on the Showtime series The Tudors and as the lead role in Man of Steel (2013)

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

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    7. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
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    10. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
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    The Cavill Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cavill 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 July 2016 at 14:40.

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