Early Origins of the Fowl family
The surname Fowl 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 Fowl family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fowl 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 Fowl History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Fowl Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Fowl family name include Fowell, Fowl, Fowall, Fowel, Phowel, Phowell, Vowell, Voules, Vowels, Vowels, Fowls, Fuggle, Foul, Vowl and many more.
Early Notables of the Fowl 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 Fowl Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Fowl family to Ireland
Some of the Fowl 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 Fowl family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Fowl surname or a spelling variation of the name include: 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.