It was among those Anglo-Saxon
tribes that once ruled over Britain that the name Sammuell was formed. The name was derived from the baptismal name for the son of Samuel.
This ancient Hebrew
font name meaning name of God
was not common in the Middle Ages, but was not necessarily of Jewish origin. There were many records of the surname Sammuell of English descent.
Early Origins of the Sammuell family
The surname Sammuell was first found in Cornwall
where they held a family seat
from early times. The family name first appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
Early History of the Sammuell family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sammuell research.Another 151 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1559, 1628, 1628, 1676, 1654, 1694, 1689, 1690, 1690, 1694 and 1705 are included under the topic Early Sammuell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Sammuell Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Sammuell include Samwell, Samuel, Samuell, Samway, Samuels and others.
Early Notables of the Sammuell family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Sir William Samwell (1559-1628), Auditor of the Exchequer to Queen Elizabeth I of England; William Samwell (1628-1676) was an English architect; and Sir Thomas Samwell, 1st Baronet
(c.1654-1694), Member of Parliament... Another 39 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Sammuell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Sammuell family to Ireland
Some of the Sammuell family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 51 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Sammuell family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Sammuell were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: John Samuel settled in Nantasket in 1630; Roger Samuel settled in Barbados in 1684; Edward Samuel settled in Virginia in 1643; Rowland Samuell settled in Barbados in 1654..