Early Origins of the Dovell family
The surname Dovell was first found in Yorkshire
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy
, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron
, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England
to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant
of the lands of Daville, by Robert de Aivilla, of Daville who was recorded in the Domesday Book
census of 1086.
Early History of the Dovell family
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Dovell Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Davall, Davolls, Deavall, Deaville, Devall, De Vile, De Ville, Devill, Deville, Divall, Devell and many more.
Early Notables of the Dovell family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Dovell family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Dovell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Peter Dovell, who arrived in Galveston, TX in 1839
Dovell Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Charles Dovell, who arrived in Ontario in 1871
Contemporary Notables of the name Dovell (post 1700)
- W. T. Dovell, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Washington, 1912
- Ashton Dovell, American Democrat politician, Presidential Elector for Virginia, 1932; Defeated, 1928; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Virginia, 1940
- Andrew J. Dovell, American politician, Member of Michigan State House of Representatives from Manistee District, 1874