Fewell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The name Fewell derives from the German word "feuer" meaning "fire," and was probably an occupational name for someone who worked with fire such as a smith, a fire lighter, or a person who took care of the heating a household.
Early Origins of the Fewell family
The surname Fewell was first found in Austria, where the family gained a significant reputation for its contributions to the emerging mediaeval society. The name became prominent as many branches of the family founded separate houses and acquired estates in various regions, always elevating their social status by their great contributions to society. Individual bearers of the name first mentioned in ancient chronicles include Pertholt der Feurer in the Sonnenberg monastery around 1350.
Important Dates for the Fewell family
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Fewell Spelling Variations
One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Fewell include Feuer, Feuerer, Feirer, Feierle, Feuerre, Fuer, Fewer, Fuere and many more.
Early Notables of the Fewell family (pre 1700)
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Fewell migration to the United States
After the First World War, Austria became a republic. The Treaty of Versailles broke up the empire in 1919 and many of the Sudeten Germans were incorporated into the new nation of Czechoslovakia. In the 20th century, many Austrians migrated to other parts of Germany or Europe, as well as to North America. In the United States, the majority of settlers landed in Philadelphia, and moved on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Many German settlers also migrated to Canada, particularly Ontario and the Prairies. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Fewell were
Fewell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Wm. H. Fewell, aged 45, who landed in America, in 1895
Fewell Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Marie Fewell, aged 24, who immigrated to the United States, in 1910
- Charles Walter Fewell, aged 22, who settled in America, in 1923
- Henry James Fewell, aged 49, who immigrated to the United States, in 1923
- John Fewell, aged 40, who settled in America, in 1924
- Harry Fewell, aged 42, who landed in America, in 1924
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Contemporary Notables of the name Fewell (post 1700)
- Rebecca Fewell, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Georgia, 2008 
- Perry Fewell (b. 1962), American football coach
- Stephen Fewell (b. 1971), British actor
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