Darwell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Darwell family

The surname Darwell was first found in Sussex where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Norman influence of English history prevailed after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. The family name was one of many recruited by Henry 1st into England. The family name was first referenced in the 12th century when they held estates in that county. They were from Deville or Davidville in Neufchatel in Normandy.

Important Dates for the Darwell family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Darwell research. Another 178 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1107, 1603, 1650, 1683, 1713, 1877, and 1883 are included under the topic Early Darwell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Darwell Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Daivile, Daiville, Darville, Daivilla, Darvall, Darvill, Davell, Davall, Dovalle, De Vall, d'Vall, Deyville, Deville, Devill, Devil, Deyville and many more.

Early Notables of the Darwell family (pre 1700)

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Darwell migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Darwell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Darwell, who landed in Maryland in 1668 [1]
Darwell Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Christopher Darwell, who arrived in Virginia in 1711 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Darwell (post 1700)

  • Jane Darwell (1879-1967), American Academy Award winning actress of stage, film, and television, best-remembered for her role as the matriarch of the Joad family in the film adaptation of John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath
  • Joseph "Joe" Darwell, English professional rugby league footballer who played in the 1920s

Historic Events for the Darwell family

HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Darwell, Australian Lieutenant from Australia, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [2]


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
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