Kewley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Kewley arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Kewley family lived in Norfolk. Their name, however, is derived from the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, Quilli, near Falaise, Normandy.

Early Origins of the Kewley family

The surname Kewley was first found in Norfolk where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Kewley family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kewley research. Another 76 words (5 lines of text) covering the year 1086 is included under the topic Early Kewley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Kewley Spelling Variations

A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Kewley, Quilly, Kewlay and others.

Early Notables of the Kewley family (pre 1700)

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United States Kewley migration to the United States +

Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Kewley or a variant listed above:

Kewley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Kewley and his family, who arrived at the Port of New York in 1832
  • Philip Andrew Kewley, who was on record in Colorado in 1880

Canada Kewley migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Kewley Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Edmund Kewley, who was on record in the census of Ontario, Canada of 1871

Australia Kewley migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Kewley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • George H. Kewley, aged 24, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Emigrant" [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Kewley (post 1700) +

    RMS Lusitania
    • Mr. Ernest Alexander Kewley, English First Waiter from Edge Hill, Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking and was recovered [2]

    1. ^ South Australian Register Wednesday 25th October 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Emigrant 1854. Retrieved
    2. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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