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Colwell is one of the names that was brought to England in the wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Colwell family lived in Colton. There are places named Colton in Staffordshire and Norfolk. The family claim descent from Gilbert de Colleville, who lived in Coleville, a town in Normandy.

Colwell Early Origins



The surname Colwell was first found in Suffolk, where they held a family seat from early times. They were descended from Gilbert de Colleville (Colavilla, Colvile) from Coleville, a town between Caen and Bayeux in Normandy. He accompanied Duke William from Normadny and had two sons. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.
From Gilbert and William the English Barons of Colleville are descended. William held lands in Yorkshire. His eldest son Phillip acquired the lands of Ancroft in Northumberland, and from him are descended the Lords of Colville in Scotland.

Searching other records, we found Thomas de Colevill who was listed as a witness to many documents in the late 1100s, as well as being mentioned in a perambulation of the marches of Elstaneshalche in 1181. A Thomas de Colouilla, who may or may not be the same man, was charged with treason in 1211. Ada de Coleuyll generously gave the lands of Kynnard in Fife to the monks of the Abbey of Neubotle in 1241 and Thomas de Coleville, who lived in Dumfriesshire rendered homage to King Edward I on his invasion of Scotland in 1296. Robert de Colvylle of Scotland was rewarded for extreme courage and steady obedience in 1358; he was granted an annuity of 20 marks from the customs of Kingston on Hulle. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)


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Colwell Spelling Variations


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Colwell Spelling Variations



Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Colwell family name include Colville, Coleville, Colevile, Colwell, Colwill, Collwell, Collwill, Colewell, Colewill, Caulville, Caulwell and many more.

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Colwell Early History


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Colwell Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Colwell research. Another 201 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1174, 1296, 1358, 1337, 1394, 1377, 1384, 1385, 1390, 1393, 1540, 1605, 1551, 1629, 1604, 1675, 1662, 1675, 1690, 1813, 1898 and 1871 are included under the topic Early Colwell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Colwell Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Colwell Early Notables (pre 1700)



Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir John Colville (c.1337-1394), of Newton, Cambridgeshire and Walsoken, Norfolk, Member of the Parliament for Cambridgeshire in 1377, 1384, 1385, 1390 and 1393; John Colville (c.1540-1605), a Scottish clergyman, judge, politician and author who was implicated in the Earl of Bothwell's attack on...

Another 162 words (12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Colwell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Colwell In Ireland


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Colwell In Ireland



Some of the Colwell family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 39 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included 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



To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Colwell family to immigrate North America:

Colwell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Samuel Colwell settled in New England in 1678

Colwell Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Peter Colwell, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746
  • Ufan Colwell settled in New York in 1751
  • Robert Colwell settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1768

Colwell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Patrick Colwell, aged 24, arrived in Louisiana in 1812
  • Wiley Colwell, who arrived in Texas in 1835
  • William Colwell, who landed in Texas in 1835
  • R A Colwell, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • Hamilton Colwell, aged 22, landed in New York, NY in 1893

Colwell Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. John Colwell U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1783 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Colwell Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Henry Colwell, aged 21, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Salus" in 1833
  • Bridget Colwell, aged 24, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Salus" in 1833
  • Catherine Colwell, aged 26, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Salus" in 1833
  • Hannah Colwell, aged 22, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Perseus" in 1834

Colwell Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • George Colwell arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Stebonheath" in 1849
  • Richard Colwell, aged 24, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Chatham"
  • Henry Colwell, aged 42, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Magdalena"
  • James Colwell, aged 22, a bricklayer, arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "Clara"

Colwell Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John Colwell, aged 30, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duchess of Argyle" in 1842
  • Ann Colwell, aged 27, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duchess of Argyle" in 1842
  • James Colwell, aged 22, arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ballochmyle" in 1874

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Contemporary Notables of the name Colwell (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Colwell (post 1700)



  • Ernest Cadman Colwell (1901-1974), American biblical scholar, textual critic and palaeographer
  • Guy Colwell (b. 1945), American surrealist painter
  • Robert P. "Bob" Colwell (b. 1954), American electrical engineer at Intel and is now Director of the Microsystems Technology Office (MTO) at DARPA
  • Rita R. Colwell (b. 1934), American environmental microbiologist and scientific administrator, 11th Director of the United States National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • Jason Colwell (b. 1974), Irish former footballer
  • Keith Colwell, Canadian politician, Member of the Nova Scotia House of Assembly representing the riding of Preston since 2003
  • Dave "Bucket" Colwell, British guitarist, former member of Bad Company, Samson and ASAP

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Colwell Historic Events


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Colwell Historic Events




RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. William J. Colwell, English Trimmer from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking

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Citations



  1. ^ Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  3. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  2. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  3. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  4. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  5. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  6. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  7. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  9. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  10. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
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The Colwell Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Colwell 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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