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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."

Revelle Early Origins



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.

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Revelle Spelling Variations


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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.

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Revelle Early History


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Revelle Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Revelle research. Another 191 words (14 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Revelle History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Revelle Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Revelle Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Revelle Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Revelle In Ireland


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Revelle In Ireland



Some of the Revelle family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 174 words (12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



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 arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1803

Revelle Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Arthur Hamilton Revelle, aged 34, who emigrated to the United States from London England, in 1907
  • Lizel Revelle, aged 20, who emigrated 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.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Revelle (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Revelle (post 1700)



  • Thomas P. Revelle (b. 1868), American politician, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Washington, 1921-28
  • Paul Revelle, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Washington, 1948
  • Roger Revelle (1909-1991), American oceanographer and scholar after whom Revelle College is named

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    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. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    3. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    4. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
    5. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    6. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    7. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    8. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
    9. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    10. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    11. ...

    The Revelle Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Revelle 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 10 December 2015 at 11:16.

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