Kayvill is a name that was carried to England
in the great wave of migration from Normandy
following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Kayvill family lived in the place named Keevil in the county of Wiltshire
. The name was originally spelled Chivele in the Domesday Book
. The territory of Chivele, including two mills, was granted to Anulf de Hesdine, who was a Norman Baron
originally from Pas de Calais, in the canton of Hesdin. Hesdine was a tenant-in- chief in Keevil.
Early Origins of the Kayvill family
The surname Kayvill was first found in Wiltshire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, and were granted lands by William the Conqueror for their assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The name was originally spelt Chivele in the Domesday Book
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
and the lands, including two mills, were granted to Anulf de Hesdine, a Norman Baron
, originally from Pas de Calais, in the canton of Hesdin who was a tenant
in chief holding Keevil in Wiltshire.
Early History of the Kayvill family
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Kayvill Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Kayvill include Keevill, Keville, Kevell and others.
Early Notables of the Kayvill family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Kayvill family to Ireland
Some of the Kayvill family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 53 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Kayvill family to the New World and Oceana
at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Kayvills to arrive on North American shores: Catherine Kevell, who came to Virginia in 1702; Philip Kevell, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1738; Alexander Keville, who came to Halifax, N.S. in 1834.