The name Samwell is from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of the Britain and comes 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 Samwell of English descent.
Early Origins of the Samwell family
The surname Samwell 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 Samwell family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Samwell 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 Samwell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Samwell Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Samwell has been spelled many different ways, including Samwell, Samuel, Samuell, Samway, Samuels and others.
Early Notables of the Samwell 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 Samwell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Samwell family to Ireland
Some of the Samwell 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 Samwell family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Samwells to arrive in North America: 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..