Crowel History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The history of the Crowel family goes back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It is derived from the family living in either the settlement of Crowell, which is in the county of Oxfordshire, or in the place of the same name in Spofforth in the West Riding of Yorkshire. The latter settlement no longer exists. The surname Crowel belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
Early Origins of the Crowel family
The surname Crowel was first found in Oxfordshire at Crowell, a parish, in the union of Thame, hundred of Lewknor. However, Walmer in Kent was also home to some of the family since early times. "Near the church is a deep fosse, with other vestiges of ancient intrenchments; and in the churchyard several stone coffins were discovered about 50 years since, supposed to have belonged to the Crowl family, of whom Sir Nicholas, in the reign of Edward I., erected a mansion in the village, of which there are still some remains."  The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list Robert de Croule in Worcestershire and Richard de Crowell, or Richard de Crol in Lincolnshire. Later the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 listed Johannes de Crull and Thomas de Crull.  Crowle is a small town and civil parish on the Isle of Axholme in Lincolnshire and a parish in Worcestershire. The Crowle spelling of the name is today most numerous in Cornwall.
Important Dates for the Crowel family
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Crowel Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Crowel include Crowell, Crowel, Croull, Crowill, Crawll and others.
Early Notables of the Crowel family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Alderman George Crowle, English politician, Sheriff of Kingston upon Hull in 1657, and mayor in 1661 and 1679 and his grandson, Richard Crowle, an...
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Crowel migration to the United States
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Crowel or a variant listed above:
Crowel Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- John Michael Crowel, who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1736
- Michael Crowel, aged 53, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1736 
Crowel migration to Canada
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Crowel Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Capt. Joseph Crowel, "Crowell" U.E. who settled in Carleton [Saint John City], New Brunswick c. 1783; he served in the 1st Battalion New Jersey Volunteers 
- Mrs. Sarah Crowel U.E. who settled in Carleton [Saint John City], New Brunswick c. 1783 
- Mr. Thomas Crowel U.E. who settled in Carleton [Saint John City], New Brunswick c. 1783 
Crowel Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Captain Crowel, a captain of a seal fishery in St. John's, Newfoundland, in 1847 
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