The name De val first arose amongst the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It is derived from their having lived near a stone-built wall. De val is a local
surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames
. Other types of local surnames include topographic
surnames, which could be given to a person who lived beside any physical feature, such as a hill, stream, church or type of tree. Habitation
names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties. The surname De val referred to a person who lived beside a large stone wall, which was used either for the purpose of fortification, or to keep back the encroachment of the sea. Members of the De val family were established in Gloucestershire
prior to the Norman Conquest
, in 1066. By the time of the Conquest, they were major landholders in that county.
Early Origins of the De val family
The surname De val was first found in Gloucestershire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times and appeared as holders of lands in the Domesday Book
compiled in 1086 by King William of England
. The name was from the Anglo Saxon Wal, meaning a stranger. Wales
is a parish, in the union of Worksop, S. division of the wapentake
of Strafforth and Tickhill in the West Riding of Yorkshire
. "This parish, in the Domesday Survey
called Walise, belonged to Morcar, Earl of Northumberland
, in the reign of Edward the Confessor." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the De val family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our De val research.Another 201 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1210, 1303, 1352, 1620, 1679, 1647, 1728, 1588, 1666, 1760, 1789 and are included under the topic Early De val History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
De val Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations
under which the name De val has appeared include Wall, Walls, Wale, Walles and others.
Early Notables of the De val family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Sir Thomas Wale (1303-1352), an English soldier and co-founder of the Knight of the Garter; William de Wall, the knight who accompanied Strongbow; Saint John Wall, O.F.M., (1620-1679), an English Catholic Franciscan friar, apprehended under suspicion of being a party to the Titus Oates plot... Another 60 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early De val Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the De val family to Ireland
Some of the De val family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 147 words (10 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 De val family to the New World and Oceana
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England
at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name De val arrived in North America very early:
De val Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Nicola DeVal, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1802 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)