Revelle History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The history of the Revelle family name begins after the Norman Conquest of 1066. They lived in Warwickshire. Their name, however, is a reference to Reville, near Bernai, Normandy, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. The name is derived from the Old French word "revel" which means "pride, rebellion, sport", from the word "reveler" which means "to rebel." Interestingly, there is a font-name named "Revel" which was common in Old French and Middle English records which may actually be from the Latin word "rebellus."

Early Origins of the Revelle family

The surname Revelle was first found in Hertford and Northamptonshire where Robert Revel held two estates as early as 1130. A few years later Richard Revel was listed as holding two fees in barony in Somerset in 1165. Henry Revel was one of the nobles taken at Alnwick Castle, Northumberland in 1174. [1]

Sir Richard Revell or Rivell (died 1222) was an English knight and landowner, said to have been the son of William Revell, probably a landowner in Devonshire and lord of Revelstoke in that county. He received from Henry II grants of 'Curi' or Curry Rivell, and Langport, both in Somerset, and is said to have built a castle at Langport. He appears to have had a son named Richard, who probably predeceased his father. [2]

Early History of the Revelle family

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Revelle Spelling Variations

Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Revel, Revell, Revill, Reville and others.

Early Notables of the Revelle family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Revelle family to Ireland

Some of the Revelle family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 102 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Revelle migration to the United States +

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Revelle or a variant listed above were:

Revelle Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Elizabeth Revelle and her husband Thomas who settled in Virginia in 1637
Revelle Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Peter Revelle, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1803
Revelle Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Arthur Hamilton Revelle, aged 34, who immigrated to the United States from London England, in 1907
  • Lizel Revelle, aged 20, who immigrated to the United States from London, England, in 1907
  • Lottie Revelle, aged 18, who landed in America from London, England, in 1907
  • Hamilton Revelle, aged 40, who settled in America from London, England, in 1912
  • Arthur Hamilton Revelle, aged 41, who landed in America from Hampton, England, in 1914
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Revelle (post 1700) +

  • Douglas O. ReVelle (1945-2010), American scientist, who worked for the Earth and Environmental Sciences Division of the Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • William Roger Revelle (b. 1944), American psychology professor at Northwestern University working in personality psychology
  • Roger Revelle (1909-1991), American oceanographer and scholar, namesake of Revelle College and the R/V Roger Revelle, an auxiliary general-purpose research vessel
  • Thomas P. Revelle (b. 1868), American politician, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Washington, 1921-28 [3]
  • Paul Revelle, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Washington, 1948 [3]


  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 10) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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