Deuel History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Deuel originated with the Anglo-Saxon tribes that once ruled Britain. It is derived from the baptismal name Joel. The surname Deuel referred to the son of Joel which belongs to the category of patronymic surnames. In Old English, patronyms were formed by adding a variety of suffixes to personal names, which changed over time and from place to place. For example, after the Norman Conquest, sunu and sune, which meant son, were the most common patronymic suffixes. In the 12th and 13th centuries, the most common patronymic names included the word filius, which meant son. By the 14th century, the suffix son had replaced these earlier versions. Surnames that were formed with filius or son were more common in the north of England and it was here that the number of individuals without surnames was greatest at this time.

Early Origins of the Deuel family

The surname Deuel was first found in Wiltshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Important Dates for the Deuel family

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Deuel 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 Deuel has appeared include Jewell, Jewall, Jule, Joel, Jouel and others.

Early Notables of the Deuel family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Deuel family

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 Deuel arrived in North America very early: Thomas and Walter Jewell settled in Virginia in 1635; Robert Jewell settled in Virginia in 1637; Thomas Jewell settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1635..

Contemporary Notables of the name Deuel (post 1700)

  • Patrick D. Deuel (b. 1962), American who was one of the heaviest people in the world (900 lb)
  • Harry Porter Deuel (1836-1914), prominent railroad man in Omaha, Nebraska, eponym of Deuel County, Nebraska
  • Geoffrey Jacob Deuel (b. 1943), American actor, best-known for playing Billy the Kid in the movie Chisum (1970)
  • Corey Deuel (b. 1977), American professional pocket billiards player
  • H. Edward Deuel, American Republican politician, Mayor of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, 1903-06, 1909-11, 1912-13, 1914-16; Defeated, 1916 [1]
  • Charles Hastings Deuel (1868-1947), American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1936 [1]
  • Burr Deuel, American politician, Member of Minnesota State Senate 9th District, 1877-78 [1]
  • Andrew L. Deuel (1850-1926), American Republican politician, Delegate to Michigan State Constitutional Convention 29th District, 1907-08; Member of Michigan State House of Representatives from Emmet County, 1917-20 [1]
  • Alanson C. Deuel, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1936, 1940 (alternate), 1944, 1952 [1]


  1. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 16) . Retrieved from
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