Early Origins of the Phowell family
The surname Phowell was first found in Devon
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor said to have been seated there well before the Norman Conquest
. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 10th century when they held estates at Fowelscombe in that shire.
Early History of the Phowell family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Phowell research.Another 268 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1600, 1080, 1091, 1163, 1399, 1538, 1619, 1275, 1455, 1487, 1593, 1674, 1640, 1648, 1656, 1598, 1664, 1646, 1660, 1623, 1677, 1659, 1677, 1666, 1665, 1692, 1689, 1692 and 1654 are included under the topic Early Phowell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Phowell Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Phowell include Fowell, Fowl, Fowall, Fowel, Phowel, Phowell, Vowell, Voules, Vowels, Vowels, Fowls, Fuggle, Foul, Vowl and many more.
Early Notables of the Phowell family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Sir Edmund Fowell, 1st Baronet
(1593-1674), an English politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1640 to 1648 and in 1656; Edmund Fowell (c.
1598-1664), an English politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1646 and 1660; Sir John Fowell, 2nd... Another 70 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Phowell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Phowell family to Ireland
Some of the Phowell family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 78 words (6 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 Phowell family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Phowell were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Edmond Fowell, who came to Virginia in 1666; James Fowell, on record in the Windward Islands in 1722; John Fowell, who received a land grant in Virginia in 1666.