Fowell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Fowell family

The surname Fowell was first found in Devon where they held the manor of "Fowelscombe, in this parish, the original seat of the Fowel family, created baronets in 1661." [1]

Normandy was their origin; of this there is no doubt. "John, Robert, Hugh, Geoffry de Fauvel [were found in] Normandy, 1180-95 (Magni Rotuli Scaccarii Normanniae). William Fauvel held from Oliver de Tracy, Devon, 1165 [2]. The name changed to Fauel, Fouel, Voghill, Vowell, and Fowell; the family was seated at Bolters Combe, Devon, and from it descended the Baronets Fowell and the Vowells." [3]

Early History of the Fowell family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fowell research. Another 201 words (14 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 Fowell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Fowell Spelling Variations

The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Fowell has been spelled many different ways, including Fowell, Fowl, Fowall, Fowel, Phowel, Phowell, Vowell, Voules, Vowels, Vowels, Fowls, Fuggle, Foul, Vowl and many more.

Early Notables of the Fowell 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 Baronet (1623-1677), an English politician who sat in the House...
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United States Fowell migration to the United States +

Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Fowells to arrive in North America:

Fowell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Edmond Fowell, who settled in Virginia in 1666
  • John Fowell, who received a land grant in Virginia in 1666
  • Richard and Sarah Fowell, who settled in South Carolina between the years 1670-1678
Fowell Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • James Fowell, on record in the Windward Islands in 1722
  • Susanna Fowell, a bonded passenger, who arrived in Maryland in 1725

New Zealand Fowell migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Fowell Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. G. Fowell, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Zealandia" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand in 1869 [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Fowell (post 1700) +

  • Charles W. Fowell Jr. (1901-1973), American Republican politician, Vernon County Sheriff; Member of Wisconsin State Assembly from Vernon County, 1939-42 [5]
  • Graham Fowell, English Caricaturist and cartoonist
  • Joseph Charles Fowell (1891-1970), prominent Australian 20th Century architect
  • Rev. Barclay Fowell Buxton (1860-1946), English evangelical Christian missionary in Japan
  • Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton (1837-1915), 3rd Baronet, Governor of South Australia (1895-99)

  1. ^ Worth, R.N., A History of Devonshire London: Elliot Stock, 62, Paternoster Row, E.G., 1895. Digital
  2. ^ Liber Niger Scutarii ("Black Book of the Exchequer"), containing reports by county on feudal holdings in England in 1166 (reign of Henry II)
  3. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  4. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 4) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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