The name Orvell is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It is a product of when the family lived in the settlement of Orwell in Cambridgeshire
, in Orwell Haven in Suffolk
, or in the lands of Orwell in the Scottish county of Kinross. The surname Orvell belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation
names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
Early Origins of the Orvell family
The surname Orvell was first found in Cambridgeshire
at Orwell which dates back to the Domesday Book
where it was listed as Ordeuuelle. The place name literally means "spring by a pointed hill," from the Old English words ord + wella. The River Orwell in Suffolk
dates back to the 11th century when it was listed as Arewan and later as Orewell in 1341. This ancient Celtic river-name means simply "stream" having derived from the Old English word "wella." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Today Orwell, Cambridgeshire
has a population of about 1,080 people and the Roman road still runs to Cambridge runs alongside the village. St Andrew's Church dates back to about 1150 A.D.
Early History of the Orvell family
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Orvell Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Orvell has been spelled many different ways, including Orwell, Orwill, Orvell and others.
Early Notables of the Orvell family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Orvell family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Orvells to arrive in North America: Catherine Orwell and her husband were banished to Jamaica in 1685.