The ancestors of the name Farewell date back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence near a pleasant spring or stream. The name Farewell 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 Farewell family
The surname Farewell 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 Farewell family
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Farewell Spelling Variations
Farewell has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Farewell have been found, including Farewell, Farwell, Fairwell and others.
Early Notables of the Farewell family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Farewell family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Farewells to arrive on North American shores:
Farewell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- James Farewell, who settled in Barbados in 1680 with his wife and servants