Anglo-Saxon origin and came 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 Samwill of English descent.
Early Origins of the Samwill family
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 Samwill family
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Samwill Spelling Variations
Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Samwill have been found, including Samwell, Samuel, Samuell, Samway, Samuels and others.
Early Notables of the Samwill family (pre 1700)
Baronet (c.1654-1694), Member of Parliament...
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Migration of the Samwill family to Ireland
Some of the Samwill family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Samwill family to the New World and Oceana
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Samwill, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were : 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..
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