When the ancestors of the Kevel family emigrated to England
following the Norman Conquest
in 1066 they brought their family name with them. They 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 Kevel family
The surname Kevel 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 Kevel family
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Kevel Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Kevel have been found, including Keevill, Keville, Kevell and others.
Early Notables of the Kevel family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Kevel family to Ireland
Some of the Kevel 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 Kevel family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland
, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Kevel were among those contributors: 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.