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Revill History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Revill was brought to England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Revill family 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 Revill family

The surname Revill 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.

Early History of the Revill family

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Revill Spelling Variations

Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Revel, Revell, Revill, Reville and others.

Early Notables of the Revill family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Revill family to Ireland

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Migration of the Revill family to the New World and Oceana

Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Revill or a variant listed above: John Revell settled in Salem Massachusetts in 1630; James Revell settled in Virginia in 1635; John Revell settled in Rappahannock in Virginia in 1726.

Contemporary Notables of the name Revill (post 1700)

  • James "Jimmy" W. Revill (1882-1917), English footballer for Sheffield United who was killed in World War I
  • Alan Chambers Revill (1923-1998), English cricketer who played for Derbyshire between 1946 and 1957 and for Leicestershire from 1958 to 1960
  • Thomas "Tom" Frederick Revill (1892-1979), English cricketer and footballer
  • Clive Selsby Revill (b. 1930), New Zealand-born character actor best known for his performances in musical theatre on the London stage
  • Lance Revill (b. 1953), New Zealand bronze medalist boxer at 1974 Commonwealth Games, president of the New Zealand Professional Boxing Association (NZPBA)

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