Dewald History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Dewald is a name that dates far back into the mists of early British history to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes. It is derived from the baptismal name Joel. The surname Dewald 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 Dewald family

The surname Dewald was first found in Devon where the Testa de Nevill, sive Liber Feodorum, temp. Henry III- Edward I. included three listings of the name as both a forename and a surname: Warin filius Juelis, Henry III Edward I; Juel de Stanhuse; and Juel de Buketon, Devon. [1]

"Helias and Robert Juels are mentioned in the Norman Exchequer Rolls of 1180-95. Galfrid, William, and Richard Juel or Joel occur in Huntingdonshire, about 1272. (Rot Hundred.) 'This family derived probably from Juel or Judael de Mayennc, Baron of Totness and Barnstaple, temp. William I.: a Breton noble (see Maine}. He held lands from the Earl of Mortaine, besides his own barony; and a portion of the former, as well as a fief created in the Barony of Totness, seems to have passed to the younger branch names Fitz Juel. Warin Fitz Juel, in 1242, held a knight's fee,which had been granted by the Earl of Mortaine at the Conquest.' " [2]

The source Calendarium Genealogicum: Henry III- Edward I had two listings: Jordan filius Juel; and Jordan filius Jowell, 25 Edward I (during the 25th year of King Edward I's reign.) [1]

Robert le Jewell, Alicia le Jueler were listed in the Subsidy Rolls for London in 1319. [3]

John Jowell, was Sheriff of Norwich, Norfolk in 1486. [4]

"Jewell was the name of a gentle family of Bowden in the parish of Berry - Narbor or Berryn - Arbor, near Ilfracombe, [Devon], in the 16th and 17th centuries; to this family belonged John Jewell, the noted Bishop of Salisbury, who was born at Berryn - Arbor in 1522 (W. and Pr.). The name is now well represented in the Bideford district, but still occurs in Berry. Narbor. It has also long been a Cornish name." [5]

Early History of the Dewald family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dewald research. Another 50 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1560, 1559, 1522, 1571, 1522 and 1535 are included under the topic Early Dewald History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Dewald Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Dewald are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Dewald include: Jewell, Jewall, Jule, Joel, Jouel and others.

Early Notables of the Dewald family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: John Jewell (1522-1571), Bishop of Salisbury. He was "born on 24 May 1522, was the son of John Jewel of Buden, in the parish of Berimber, or Berrynarbor, Devonshire. His mother's name was Bellamy, and at the age of seven he...
Another 48 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dewald Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Dewald migration to the United States +

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Dewald or a variant listed above:

Dewald Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Michal Dewald, aged 20, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1738 [6]
  • Henrick Dewald, who landed in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania in 1741 [6]
  • Caspar Dewald, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1746 [6]
  • Catharina Dewald, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1752 [6]
  • Johannes Dewald, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1752 [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Dewald Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Martin Dewald, who arrived in America in 1849 [6]
  • Jacob Dewald, who arrived in St Clair County, Illinois in 1856 [6]
  • Heinrich Dewald, aged 20, who arrived in New York, NY in 1875 [6]
  • Barbara Dewald, aged 24, who landed in New York, NY in 1876 [6]
  • Joh Georg Dewald, aged 20, who arrived in New York, NY in 1876 [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Dewald (post 1700) +

  • Lieutenant Bruce F. DeWald, U.S. Navy aerographer with the McMurdo Station, eponym of the DeWald Glacier, Antarctica
  • Charlie Dewald (1867-1904), American Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Jerome W. Dewald, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for supervisor of Meridian Township, Michigan, 1974 [7]
  • Dewald Potgieter (b. 1986), South African professional rugby union rugby player


  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Cleveland, Dutchess of The Battle Abbey Roll with some Account of the Norman Lineages. London: John Murray, Abermarle Street, 1889. Print. Volume 2 of 3
  3. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. ^ Rye, Walter, A History of Norfolk. London: Elliot Stock, 62, Paternoster Row, 1885. Print
  5. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  6. ^ 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)
  7. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 17) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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