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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.

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The surname Jewell was 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.

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.


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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.

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

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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


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  • H. W. Jewell, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 1904
  • Harvey Jewell (1820-1881), American Republican politician, Member of Massachusetts State House of Representatives, 1867-71; Speaker of the Massachusetts State House of Representatives, 1868-71
  • Hiram C. Jewell, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Fort Worth, Texas, 1857-59
  • J. Thomas Jewell, American Democrat politician, Member of Louisiana State House of Representatives, 1950; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Louisiana, 1960
  • James F. Jewell (1867-1943), American Republican politician, Member of Michigan State House of Representatives, 1921-26, 1931-34; Defeated, 1928, 1934
  • John Jewell, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Massachusetts, 2008
  • John Franklin Jewell (1874-1927), American politician, U.S. Consul in Martinique, 1902-06; SAINT Michaels, 1906-08; Melbourne, 1908-11; Vladivostok, 1911-14; Chefoo, 1916; Lourenco Marques, 1917; Batavia, 1919
  • John J. Jewell, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Montana, 1928, 1932, 1936, 1944, 1948
  • John R. Jewell (1914-1999), American Democrat politician, Member of Maryland State Senate, 1950-57; Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Maryland, 1952
  • John W. Jewell, American politician, Member of New Hampshire State Senate 22nd District, 1911-12

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  • Fluhart-Jewell Genealogy by Donald J. Sublette.
  • The Jewell Register by Pliny Jewell.
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  2. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
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  5. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  9. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  10. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
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