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 li
le, 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
which mean bald.
Early Origins of the Cavill family
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.
Early History of the Cavill family
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Cavill Spelling Variations
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.
Early Notables of the Cavill family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Cavill family to the New World and Oceana
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, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1813 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
- Michael, Francis and William Cavill, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1856
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)