Kewell is an ancient Norman name that arrived in England
after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Kewell 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 Kewell family
The surname Kewell 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 Kewell family
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Kewell Spelling Variations
Endless spelling variations
are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Keevill, Keville, Kevell and others.
Early Notables of the Kewell family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Kewell family to Ireland
Some of the Kewell 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 Kewell family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious persecution within England
at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Kewell or a variant listed above: 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.
Contemporary Notables of the name Kewell (post 1700)
- Karen Kewell (b. 1992), American animator, known for her work on FernGully: The Last Rainforest (1992), Babar (1989) and Quest for Camelot (1998)
- Harold "Harry" Kewell (b. 1978), Australian football midfielder; he has 58 caps, and scored 17 goals, while playing for the Australian national team