Harwell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Harwell is a name that first reached England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Harwell family lived in Harivel which is "very common in Normandy. It is synonymous with Haridelle, still found in our modem dictionaries. 'Harivels,’ or 'harivilliers,’ are frequently seen at our fairs; they are persons dealing only in ‘harins’ or ‘haridelles,’ small or inferior horses, leaving the trade in riding horses and animals of a superior quality to the regular horse dealers.' There exists, however, an aristocratic family named Le Harivel, that is found in Normandy as early as the fifteenth century, and once possessed several important fiefs, such as Sourdeval, Beaumanoir, Maizet, Gonneville, Flagy, &c. It furnished proofs of its nobility in 1463, and in 1671 was again declared Estre noble par charte de franc-fiefs. " [1]

Early Origins of the Harwell family

The surname Harwell was first found in Somerset where "John de Harewell was chaplain to Edward the Black Prince, Chancellor of Gascony, and Bishop of Wells. He lies buried before the altar of St.Calix in Wells Cathedral. " [1]

"A Cecilia de Harewell, and her son Robert are mentioned in 1202 in Oxfordshire (Rotuli Cancellarii): but I cannot find that the name occurs there again." [2]

Early History of the Harwell family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Harwell research. Another 138 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1600, 1043, 1352, 1486, 1566, 1455 and 1487 are included under the topic Early Harwell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Harwell Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Harwell are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Harwell include Harewell, Harwell, Harwall, Harewall and others.

Early Notables of the Harwell family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Harwell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Harwell migration to the United States +

Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Harwell, or a variant listed above:

Harwell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Harwell, who arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • John Harwell, who landed in Virginia in 1635 [3]
  • Robert Harwell, who landed in Virginia in 1658 [3]
  • Samuel Harwell, who settled in Barbados in 1679

Canada Harwell migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Harwell Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Wilson Harwell, who settled in Ontario, Canada in 1824

Contemporary Notables of the name Harwell (post 1700) +

  • Bobby Rhea Harwell (1931-2017), American actor and producer
  • Steve Harwell (b. 1967), lead vocalist for the pop band Smash Mouth
  • J. A. Harwell, American baseball coach
  • Ernie Harwell (1918-2010), American sportscaster
  • Vicky Harwell, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Tennessee, 2008 [4]
  • S. J. Harwell, American politician, Mayor of Adel, Georgia, 1916-19, 1921-26 [4]
  • Heather Harwell, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 2008, 2012 [4]
  • Donald G. Harwell, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1972 [4]
  • Beth H. Harwell (b. 1957), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Tennessee, 2004, 2008; Member of Tennessee State House of Representatives 56th District, 2007 [4]


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Cleveland, Dutchess of The Battle Abbey Roll with some Account of the Norman Lineages. London: John Murray, Abermarle Street, 1889. Print. Volume 2 of 3
  3. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 3) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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