Evill History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

This surname "occurs in many languages; but the only instance of it which I recollect in England is that of the monk, Willelmus cognomento Diabolus. The French De Ville, naturalized amongst us, has often been misunderstood to be the synonym of Satan, and various vowel changes have been made by the bearers of it to avoid this very objectionable notion. Hence it is commonly written Divall, Divoll, Devall, &c., while in records Devol, Devile, Deyvil, &c., are found." [1]

One source notes: "they were from Deville or Davidville in Neufchatel in Normandy." [2] [3]

Early Origins of the Evill family

The surname Evill was first found in Sussex where "the first mention we meet with regarding the descendants of this knight is in the reign of henry I. when Nigel de Albini, being enfeoffed by the crown of the manor of Egmanton, Notts, conferred it upon Robert D'Eivill, who appears to have been ancestor of John D'Eivill, Governor of York Castle, a potent Baron of the time of Henry III., and one of the most active against the Royal Cause. " [4]

Early English rolls provide us a glimpse of the spelling variations used through Medieval times. Robert de Durevill was listed in the Assize Rolls for Somerset in 1201; Hugh Durival was found in Eynsham, Oxfordshire in 1300; Sibill Doryual was listed in the Subsidy Rolls for Sussex in 1332. [5]

A search through the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 discovered: Nicholas de Eyvill in Nottinghamshire; and John de Eyville also in Nottinghamshire. [6]

Early History of the Evill family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Evill research. Another 195 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1107, 1650, 1577, 1662, 1603, 1683, 1713, 1877 and 1883 are included under the topic Early Evill History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Evill Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Daivile, Daiville, Darville, Daivilla, Darvall, Darvill, Davell, Davall, Dovalle, De Vall, d'Vall, Deyville, Deville, Devill, Devil, Deyville and many more.

Early Notables of the Evill family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Evill Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Evill migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Evill Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Evill, who arrived in Maryland in 1675 [7]
Evill Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Evill, aged 26, arrived in New York in 1892 aboard the ship "St Peter" from London, England [8]

Contemporary Notables of the name Evill (post 1700) +

  • Air Chief Marshal Sir Douglas Claude Strathern Evill GBE, KCB, DSC, AFC, DL (1892-1971), Australian-born Royal Naval Air Service pilot and squadron commander during the First World War


  1. ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  3. ^ Barber, Henry, British Family Names London: Elliot Stock, 62 Paternoster Row, 1894. Print.
  4. ^ Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.
  5. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  6. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  7. ^ 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)
  8. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J65X-LQ9 : 6 December 2014), Wm. Evill, 14 Jun 1892; citing departure port London, arrival port New York, ship name St Peter, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).


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