Jewell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Jewell family

The surname Jewell was first found in Devon where the Testa de Nevill, sive Liber Feodorum, temp. Henry III- Edward I. included three listings of the name as both a forename and a surname: Warin filius Juelis, Henry III Edward I; Juel de Stanhuse; and Juel de Buketon, Devon. [1]

"Helias and Robert Juels are mentioned in the Norman Exchequer Rolls of 1180-95. Galfrid, William, and Richard Juel or Joel occur in Huntingdonshire, about 1272. (Rot Hundred.) 'This family derived probably from Juel or Judael de Mayennc, Baron of Totness and Barnstaple, temp. William I.: a Breton noble (see Maine}. He held lands from the Earl of Mortaine, besides his own barony; and a portion of the former, as well as a fief created in the Barony of Totness, seems to have passed to the younger branch names Fitz Juel. Warin Fitz Juel, in 1242, held a knight's fee,which had been granted by the Earl of Mortaine at the Conquest.' " [2]

The source Calendarium Genealogicum: Henry III- Edward I had two listings: Jordan filius Juel; and Jordan filius Jowell, 25 Edward I (during the 25th year of King Edward I's reign.) [3]

Robert le Jewell, Alicia le Jueler were listed in the Subsidy Rolls for London in 1319. [4]

John Jowell, was Sheriff of Norwich, Norfolk in 1486. [5]

"Jewell was the name of a gentle family of Bowden in the parish of Berry - Narbor or Berryn - Arbor, near Ilfracombe, [Devon], in the 16th and 17th centuries; to this family belonged John Jewell, the noted Bishop of Salisbury, who was born at Berryn - Arbor in 1522 (W. and Pr.). The name is now well represented in the Bideford district, but still occurs in Berry. Narbor. It has also long been a Cornish name." [6]

Early History of the Jewell family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Jewell research. Another 50 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1560, 1559, 1522, 1571, 1522 and 1535 are included under the topic Early Jewell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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

Early Notables of the Jewell family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: John Jewell (1522-1571), Bishop of Salisbury. He was "born on 24 May 1522, was the son of John Jewel of Buden, in the parish of Berimber, or Berrynarbor, Devonshire. His mother's name was Bellamy, and at the age of seven he...
Another 48 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Jewell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Jewell 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 Jewells to arrive in North America:

Jewell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Robert Jewell, who landed in Virginia in 1634 [7]
  • Walter Jewell, aged 19, who arrived in Virginia in 1635 [7]
  • Thomas and Walter Jewell, who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Thomas Jewell, who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1635
  • Robert Jewell, who settled in Virginia in 1637
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Jewell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • E S Jewell, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [7]
  • J D Jewell, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [7]

Australia Jewell migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Jewell Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Jewell, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Santipore" in 1848 [8]
  • Peter Jewell, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Duke of Bedford" in 1848 [9]
  • Mary Ann Jewell, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Constant" in 1849 [10]
  • Thomas Jewell, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Constant" in 1849 [10]
  • Mr. Edwin Jewell, (b. 1824), aged 25, Cornish agricultural labourer travelling aboard the ship "Courier" arriving in Port Phillip, Victoria, Australia on 11th September 1849 [11]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Jewell 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:

Jewell Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mrs. Grace Jewell, (b. 1835), aged 27, Cornish settler departing on 2nd September 1862 aboard the ship "Echunga" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 24th December 1862 [12]
  • Mr. William Hy Jewell, (b. 1835), aged 27, Cornish carpenter departing on 2nd September 1862 aboard the ship "Echunga" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 24th December 1862 [12]
  • Mrs. Grace Jewell, (b. 1835), aged 27, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Echunga" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 24th December 1862 [13]
  • Mr. William Henry Jewell, (b. 1835), aged 27, British carpenter travelling from London aboard the ship "Echunga" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 24th December 1862 [13]

Contemporary Notables of the name Jewell (post 1700) +

  • Buddy Jewell (b. 1961), American country music artist
  • Isabel Jewell (1907-1972), American actress, best remembered for her role in a 'Tale of Two Cities' (1935)
  • Wanda Rae Jewell (b. 1954), former American Olympic sports shooter
  • Rear Admiral Theodore Frelinghuysen Jewell (1844-1932), United States Navy officer
  • Marshall Jewell (1825-1883), 44th and 46th Governor of Connecticut
  • Jerry Jewell (b. 1976), American voice actor
  • James Jewell (1906-1975), American radio actor, producer and director
  • Collin Fox Jewell (1850-1925), American politician, Prohibition Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York, 1898, 1906, 1918 [14]
  • Cheryl J. Jewell, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Georgia, 2008 [14]
  • Carl B. Jewell, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Illinois 18th District, 1944 [14]
  • ... (Another 29 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Royal Oak
  • Arthur Jewell (1900-1939), British Able Seaman with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [15]
RMS Titanic
  • Mr. Archie Jewell, aged 23, English Lookout from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping on life boat 7 [16]


Suggested Readings for the name Jewell +

  • 1394 Fluhart-Jewell Genealogy by Donald J. Sublette, The Jewell Register by Pliny Jewell.

  1. ^ Testa de Nevill or "Liber Feodorum" or "Book of Fees," thought to have been written by Ralph de Nevill, for King John (1199–1216)
  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. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  5. ^ Rye, Walter, A History of Norfolk. London: Elliot Stock, 62, Paternoster Row, 1885. Print
  6. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  7. ^ 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)
  8. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SANTIPORE 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848Santipore.htm
  9. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) DUKE OF BEDFORD 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848DukeofBedford.htm
  10. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The CONSTANT 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Constant.htm
  11. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retreived 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_australia_victoria.pdf
  12. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to Lyttelton 1858-84 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/new_zealand_assisted.pdf
  13. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  14. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 9) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  15. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html
  16. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html


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