The name Kevile reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Kevile family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Kevile 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 Kevile family
The surname Kevile 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 Kevile family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kevile research.Another 125 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1580 and 1969 are included under the topic Early Kevile History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Kevile Spelling Variations
Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Kevile family name include Keevill, Keville, Kevell and others.
Early Notables of the Kevile family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Kevile family to Ireland
Some of the Kevile 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 Kevile family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Kevile family to immigrate North America: 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.