The name Fairwell first arose amongst the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It is derived from their having lived near a pleasant spring or stream. The name Fairwell is derived from two Old English elements: fæger,
which means fair or beautiful; and well,
which was the name for a spring. There is a parish Farewell
, two miles from Lichfield.
Early Origins of the Fairwell family
The surname Fairwell was first found in Staffordshire
at Farewell, a parish, in the union of Lichfield, S. division of the hundred
of Offlow. The earliest record of the place was in 1200 when it was listed as Fagerwell. CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Early History of the Fairwell family
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Fairwell Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations
under which the name Fairwell has appeared include Farewell, Farwell, Fairwell and others.
Early Notables of the Fairwell family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Fairwell family to the New World and Oceana
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England
at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Fairwell arrived in North America very early: James Farewell settled in Barbados in 1680 with his wife and servants.