The name Jowill was spawned by the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture that ruled a majority of Britain. It comes from the baptismal name Joel.
The surname Jowill 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
, 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
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 Jowill family
The surname Jowill 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.
Early History of the Jowill family
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Jowill Spelling Variations
Jowill has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Jowill have been found, including Jewell, Jewall, Jule, Joel, Jouel and others.
Early Notables of the Jowill family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Jowill family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Jowills to arrive on North American shores: Thomas and Walter Jewell settled in Virginia in 1635; Robert Jewell settled in Virginia in 1637; Thomas Jewell settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1635..