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The ancestors of the Reville family brought their name to England in the wave of migration 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."

Reville Early Origins



The surname Reville 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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Reville Spelling Variations


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Reville Spelling Variations



Before the last few hundred years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Reville were recorded, including Revel, Revell, Revill, Reville and others.

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Reville Early History


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Reville Early History



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

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Reville Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Reville Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Reville In Ireland


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Reville In Ireland



Some of the Reville 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


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Reville Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • John Reville, aged 22, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Lady Douglas" from New Ross

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Contemporary Notables of the name Reville (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Reville (post 1700)



  • Albert Réville (1826-1906), French Protestant theologian

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Reville Historic Events


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Reville Historic Events




HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. Frederick William Reville (1909-1941), Australian Warrant Engineer from Drummoyne, New South Wales, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    2. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    3. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    4. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    5. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
    6. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    7. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    8. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    9. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    10. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
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    The Reville Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Reville 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 13 November 2014 at 16:21.

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