Norwel History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Norwel surname is thought to be derived from the name of a place in England named Northwell in Nottinghamshire. The name of this place combines the old English term for "north" with other geographic features such as "welle," meaning "a well or spring." [1]

There are also no doubt instances of this name that are derived from a shortened form of the Scottish name Normanville (ultimately of Norman French origin).

Early Origins of the Norwel family

The surname Norwel was first found in Sussex where Henry de Northwelle was registered in 1296 during the reign of King Edward I. [2]

Early History of the Norwel family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Norwel research. Another 178 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1124, 1200, 1373, 1605, 1669, 1719, 1694, 1697, 1704, 1710 and 1715 are included under the topic Early Norwel History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Norwel Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Norvell, Norval, Norvall, Norvill, Norville, Norvel, Norvyle, Norwald, Norwell, Norvaile, Norvil, Norrel, Northwell and many more.

Early Notables of the Norwel family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Norwel family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Wm. Norwell, who arrived in Virginia in 1639; Edward Normanswell, who settled in Virginia in 1653; Peter Norrell, who came to Virginia in 1648; Walter Norrell, who came to Virginia in 1650.



  1. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)


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