Early Origins of the Foewall family
The surname Foewall was first found in Devon
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor said to have been seated there well before the Norman Conquest
. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 10th century when they held estates at Fowelscombe in that shire.
Early History of the Foewall family
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Foewall Spelling Variations
Foewall 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. Spelling variants included: Fowell, Fowl, Fowall, Fowel, Phowel, Phowell, Vowell, Voules, Vowels, Vowels, Fowls, Fuggle, Foul, Vowl and many more.
Early Notables of the Foewall family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Sir Edmund Fowell, 1st Baronet
(1593-1674), an English politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1640 to 1648 and in 1656; Edmund Fowell (c.
1598-1664), an English politician who sat in the House of Commons between... Another 44 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Foewall Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Foewall 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 Foewalls to arrive on North American shores: Edmond Fowell, who came to Virginia in 1666; James Fowell, on record in the Windward Islands in 1722; John Fowell, who received a land grant in Virginia in 1666.