The surname Fawell was derived from the Old French word "fauvel" which means "follow-colored, tawny" and as such was a nickname.
Early Origins of the Fawell family
The surname Fawell was first found in Yorkshire
where Eudo Faluel was listed in the Seals of Yorkshire
1160-76. A few years later, Rannulf fauuel was listed in the Pipe Rolls
in 1195. CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
Early History of the Fawell family
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Fawell Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations
. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Favell, Vavell, Favel, Favill, Favall and others.
Early Notables of the Fawell family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Fawell family to the New World and Oceana
Because of the political and religious discontent in England
, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Fawell name or one of its variants: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..
Contemporary Notables of the name Fawell (post 1700)
- Harris Walter Fawell (b. 1929), American Republican politician, Member of Illinois State Senate, 1963-77; Candidate for justice of Illinois State Supreme Court, 1976; U.S. Representative from Illinois 13th District, 1985-99 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, March 18) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
The Fawell Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: En dieu ma foi
Motto Translation: My faith is in God.