Dovell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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, [1] 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

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dovell research. Another 68 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1184, 1200, 1260 and 1553 are included under the topic Early Dovell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Dovell Spelling Variations

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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United States Dovell migration to the United States +

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

Canada Dovell migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

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
  • Archie Dovell Sanders (1857-1941), American Republican politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Genesee County, 1896-97; Member of New York State Senate 44th District, 1915-16 [2]


  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 12) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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