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The Popwell surname is a habitational (local) name taken on from any of several place names in West Yorkshire. These place names derive from the Old English words "popel," which is thought to have meant "pebble," and "wella" which meant a "spring," or "stream."

Popwell Early Origins



The surname Popwell was first found in Yorkshire at either Upper Poppleton or Nether Poppleton, villages and civil parishes that date back to Saxon times. The first record of the place name was found in c. 972 when it was listed as Popeltune. By the time of the Domesday Book of 1086, the place was listed as Popletone. At that time, the villages and lands were given by Osbern De Arches to the Abbot of St Mary's in York. The name is derived from popel (pebble) and tun (hamlet, farm), and means "farmstead on pebbly soil." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 14th century when John of Popplewell held estates in that shire 1316.

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Popwell Spelling Variations


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Popwell Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Popplewell, Poplewell, Poplewell, Popplewel, Popple, Popplehale, Pophull, Pophull and many more.

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Popwell Early History


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Popwell Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Popwell research. Another 155 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1379, 1455, 1487, 1638, 1638 and 1708 are included under the topic Early Popwell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Popwell Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Popwell Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Popwell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Timothy Popplewell, a bonded passenger, who arrived in 1738; George Popplewell, who was on record in Nova Scotia in 1749; Mary Popplewell, a bonded passenger, sent to America in 1762.

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Contemporary Notables of the name Popwell (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Popwell (post 1700)



  • Johnny Popwell (b. 1937), African-American actor, known for his roles in Deliverance (1972) and The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter (1968)
  • Julius Oral "Little Man" Popwell (1912-1966), American poker player, inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame in 1996
  • Albert Popwell (1926-1999), African-American actor, probably best known as his role in Dirty Harry when Clint Eastwood's character asks the legendary "Do you feel lucky?"
  • Robert Lee "Pops" Popwell (b. 1946), American jazz-funk bass guitarist, known for his work with The Young Rascals, The Crusaders and toured with Bette Midler and Olivia Newton-John and many others

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

Other References

  1. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  2. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  3. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  4. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  5. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  6. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  7. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  8. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  9. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  10. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
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The Popwell Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Popwell Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 8 May 2015 at 18:53.

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