The name Kevill came to England
with the ancestors of the Kevill family in the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Kevill 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 Kevill family
The surname Kevill 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 Kevill family
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Kevill Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Kevill are characterized by many spelling variations
. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Kevill include Keevill, Keville, Kevell and others.
Early Notables of the Kevill family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Kevill family to Ireland
Some of the Kevill 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 Kevill family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Kevill Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Bridget Kevill, aged 18, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ballochmyle" in 1874
Contemporary Notables of the name Kevill (post 1700)
- Dennis N Kevill, professor of Chemistry at the University of Nebraska