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Keewile is one of the many names that the Normans brought with them when they conquered England in 1066. The Keewile 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 Keewile family


The surname Keewile 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, [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
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.

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Early History of the Keewile family

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Early History of the Keewile family


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Keewile Spelling Variations

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Keewile Spelling Variations


Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Keevill, Keville, Kevell and others.

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Early Notables of the Keewile family (pre 1700)

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Early Notables of the Keewile family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Keewile family to Ireland

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Migration of the Keewile family to Ireland


Some of the Keewile family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Keewile family to the New World and Oceana

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Migration of the Keewile family to the New World and Oceana


Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Keewile name or one of its variants: 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.

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  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)

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