England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Kewel 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 Kewel family
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, 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.
Early History of the Kewel family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kewel research.
Another 125 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1580 and 1969 are included under the topic Early Kewel History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Kewel Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Keevill, Keville, Kevell and others.
Early Notables of the Kewel family (pre 1700)
More information is included under the topic Early Kewel Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Kewel family to Ireland
Some of the Kewel 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 Kewel family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Kewel or a variant listed above were: 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.
Kewel Family Crest Products