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Where did the English Jewell family come from? What is the English Jewell family crest and coat of arms? When did the Jewell family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Jewell family history?

The name Jewell is from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of the Britain and comes from the baptismal name Joel. The surname Jewell referred to the son of Joel which belongs to the category of patronymic surnames. In Old English, patronyms were formed by adding a variety of suffixes to personal names, which changed over time and from place to place. For example, after the Norman Conquest, sunu and sune, which meant son, were the most common patronymic suffixes. In the 12th and 13th centuries, the most common patronymic names included the word filius, which meant son. By the 14th century, the suffix son had replaced these earlier versions. Surnames that were formed with filius or son were more common in the north of England and it was here that the number of individuals without surnames was greatest at this time.


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. Jewell has been spelled many different ways, including Jewell, Jewall, Jule, Joel, Jouel and others.

First found in Wiltshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Jewell research. Another 99 words(7 lines of text) covering the years 1560, 1559, 1522 and 1571 are included under the topic Early Jewell History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Jewell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


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 Jewells to arrive in North America:

Jewell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Robt Jewell, who landed in Virginia in 1634
  • Walter Jewell, aged 19, arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • Thomas and Walter Jewell settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Thomas Jewell settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1635
  • Robert Jewell settled in Virginia in 1637

Jewell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • E S Jewell, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • J D Jewell, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851

Jewell Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Jewell arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Santipore" in 1848
  • Peter Jewell arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Duke of Bedford" in 1848
  • Mary Ann Jewell arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Constant" in 1849
  • Thomas Jewell arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Constant" in 1849
  • William Jewell, aged 41, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince Regent" in 1849


  • Wanda Rae Jewell (b. 1954), former American Olympic sports shooter
  • Isabel Jewell (1907-1972), American actress, best remembered for her role in a 'Tale of Two Cities' (1935)
  • Buddy Jewell (b. 1961), American country music artist
  • James Jewell (1906-1975), American radio actor, producer and director
  • Jerry Jewell (b. 1976), American voice actor
  • Marshall Jewell (1825-1883), 44th and 46th Governor of Connecticut
  • Rear Admiral Theodore Frelinghuysen Jewell (1844-1932), United States Navy officer
  • Arthur Jewell (1888-1922), English cricketer
  • John Jewell (1891-1966), English cricketer
  • Maurice Jewell (1885-1978), English cricketer



  • Fluhart-Jewell Genealogy by Donald J. Sublette.
  • The Jewell Register by Pliny Jewell.

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The Jewell Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Jewell Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 11 November 2014 at 12:48.

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