Dewall History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient Anglo-Saxon surname Dewall came from the baptismal name Joel. The surname Dewall 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 Dewall family

The surname Dewall 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 Dewall family

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Dewall Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Dewall has been recorded under many different variations, including Jewell, Jewall, Jule, Joel, Jouel and others.

Early Notables of the Dewall family (pre 1700)

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Dewall migration to the United States

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Dewall or a variant listed above:

Dewall Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Edward Dewall, who arrived in Virginia in 1640 [1]
Dewall Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • N Dewall, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Dewall (post 1700)

  • Robert B. DeWall, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Minnesota, 1956 [2]

Citations

  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. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 17) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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