Darwell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

"This surname occurs in many languages; but the only instance of it which I recollect in England is that of the monk, Willelmus cognomento Diabolus. The French De Ville, naturalized amongst us, has often been misunderstood to be the synonym of Satan, and various vowel changes have been made by the bearers of it to avoid this very objectionable notion. Hence it is commonly written Divall, Divoll, Devall, &c., while in records Devol, Devile, Deyvil, &c., are found." [1]

One source notes: "they were from Deville or Davidville in Neufchatel in Normandy." [2] [3]

Early Origins of the Darwell family

The surname Darwell was first found in Sussex where "the first mention we meet with regarding the descendants of this knight is in the reign of henry I. when Nigel de Albini, being enfeoffed by the crown of the manor of Egmanton, Notts, conferred it upon Robert D'Eivill, who appears to have been ancestor of John D'Eivill, Governor of York Castle, a potent Baron of the time of Henry III., and one of the most active against the Royal Cause. " [4]

Early English rolls provide us a glimpse of the spelling variations used through Medieval times. Robert de Durevill was listed in the Assize Rolls for Somerset in 1201; Hugh Durival was found in Eynsham, Oxfordshire in 1300; Sibill Doryual was listed in the Subsidy Rolls for Sussex in 1332. [5]

A search through the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 discovered: Nicholas de Eyvill in Nottinghamshire; and John de Eyville also in Nottinghamshire. [6]

Early History of the Darwell family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Darwell research. Another 195 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1107, 1650, 1577, 1662, 1603, 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)

More information is included under the topic Early Darwell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States 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 [7]
Darwell Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Christopher Darwell, who arrived in Virginia in 1711 [7]

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

HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Darwell, Australian Lieutenant from Australia, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [8]


  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  3. ^ Barber, Henry, British Family Names London: Elliot Stock, 62 Paternoster Row, 1894. Print.
  4. ^ Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.
  5. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  6. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  7. ^ 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)
  8. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html


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