The Norman Conquest
in 1066 brought much change to the island nation, including many immigrants with new names. Among these immigrants were the ancestors of the Keevale family, who 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 Keevale family
The surname Keevale 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 Keevale family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Keevale research.Another 125 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1580 and 1969 are included under the topic Early Keevale History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Keevale Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Keevale were recorded, including Keevill, Keville, Kevell and others.
Early Notables of the Keevale family (pre 1700)
More information is included under the topic Early Keevale Notables in all our PDF Extended History products
and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Keevale family to Ireland
Some of the Keevale 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 Keevale family to the New World and Oceana
The unstable environment in England
at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland
, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Keevale arrived in North America very early: 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.