Today's generation of the Colwill family bears a name that was brought to England
by the migration wave that was started by the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Colwill family lived in Colton. There are places named Colton in Staffordshire
. The family claim descent from Gilbert de Colleville, who lived in Coleville
, a town in Normandy.
Early Origins of the Colwill family
The surname Colwill 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. 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. 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)
Early History of the Colwill family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Colwill 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 Colwill History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Colwill Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Colwill include Colville, Coleville, Colevile, Colwell, Colwill, Collwell, Collwill, Colewell, Colewill, Caulville, Caulwell and many more.
Early Notables of the Colwill family (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 Colwill Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Colwill family to Ireland
Some of the Colwill 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.
Migration of the Colwill family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Colwill Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Thomas Fred. Colwill, aged 35, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Himalaya" CITATION[CLOSE]
State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The HIMALAYA 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Himalaya.htm
- Susan Colwill, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Harry Lorrequer" in 1849 CITATION[CLOSE]
State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HARRY LORREQUER 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849HarryLorrequer.htm
- John Orchard Colwill, aged 53, a miner, who arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Henry Moore"
- Charles Colwill, aged 17, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Henry Moore"
- William Colwill, aged 14, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Henry Moore"
Colwill Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- John P. Colwill, aged 24, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Maraval" in 1879
- Mary E. Colwill, aged 22, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Maraval" in 1879
- William A. Colwill, aged 3, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Maraval" in 1879
- Mr. William A. Colwill, (b. 1858), aged 20, Cornish shoemaker departing on 18th November 1878 aboard the ship "Boyne" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 26th February 1879 CITATION[CLOSE]
Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to Lyttelton 1858-84 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/new_zealand_assisted.pdf