Early Origins of the Fowal family
The surname Fowal 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 Fowal family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fowal research.Another 268 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1600, 1080, 1091, 1163, 1399, 1538, 1619, 1275, 1455, 1487, 1593, 1674, 1640, 1648, 1656, 1598, 1664, 1646, 1660, 1623, 1677, 1659, 1677, 1666, 1665, 1692, 1689, 1692 and 1654 are included under the topic Early Fowal History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Fowal Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations
are common among early Anglo-Saxon
names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Fowal has been recorded under many different variations, including Fowell, Fowl, Fowall, Fowel, Phowel, Phowell, Vowell, Voules, Vowels, Vowels, Fowls, Fuggle, Foul, Vowl and many more.
Early Notables of the Fowal 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 1646 and 1660; Sir John Fowell, 2nd... Another 70 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fowal Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Fowal family to Ireland
Some of the Fowal family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 78 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Fowal family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England
made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Fowal or a variant listed above: 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.