The lineage of the name Farewel begins with the Anglo-Saxon
tribes in Britain. It is a result of when they lived near a pleasant spring or stream. The name Farewel 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 Farewel family
The surname Farewel 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 Farewel family
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Farewel Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Farewel has undergone many spelling variations
, including Farewell, Farwell, Fairwell and others.
Early Notables of the Farewel family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Farewel family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the unstable social climate in England
of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Farewel were among those contributors: James Farewell settled in Barbados in 1680 with his wife and servants.