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The Norman Conquest of England in 1066 brought much change to the island nation, including many immigrants with new names. Among these immigrants were the ancestors of the Savill family, who lived in Yorkshire. Their name, however, is a reference to Saville, in Anjou, France, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066.

Savill Early Origins



The surname Savill was first found in Yorkshire where "the family of Savile was one of the most illustrious in the West Riding. Some writers have fancifully ascribed to it an Italian origin, but it probably had its rise at Silkston, in this county." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
More specifically, many of the family held estates at Morley, a township and ecclesiastical district, in the parish of Batley, union of Dewsbury. In the war during the reign of Charles I., Howley Hall, here, for eighteen generations the seat of the Saville family, was garrisoned for the parliament; and the church of the ancient parish of Morley was let on lease by Saville, Earl of Sussex, to the Presbyterian party for 500 years: the building is still in possession of trustees as an Independent meetinghouse, forming a solitary exception to the general restitution which took place at the Restoration." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Stainland in the West Riding of Yorkshire was an ancient family seat. "Bradley Hall, here, the seat of the ancestors of the Earl of Mexborough, which was burnt down in 1629, and subsequently rebuilt, is now a farmhouse." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Thornhill, again in the West Riding was home to a branch of the family. "This place was the seat of the Thornhill family, for many generations proprietors of the manor, which was conveyed by marriage in 1404 to the Savilles, from whom the estate descended to the second son of Sir George Saville's sister: that lady had been married to Richard, Earl of Scarborough, ancestor of the present owner. The church is an ancient and venerable structure, chiefly in the early English style, with a square embattled tower: on the south side of the chancel is a chapel containing numerous monuments to the Saville family, one of which, entirely of oak, has the effigies of Sir John Saville and his two wives." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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Savill Spelling Variations


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Savill Spelling Variations



A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Savile, Savill, Saville, Seville and others.

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Savill Early History


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Savill Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Savill research. Another 229 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1612, 1644, 1640, 1641, 1642, 1633, 1695, 1665, 1700, 1642, 1687, 1673, 1679, 1680 and 1687 are included under the topic Early Savill History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Savill Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Savill Early Notables (pre 1700)



Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir George Savile, 1st Baronet; Sir William Savile, 3rd Baronet (1612-1644), an English politician, Member of Parliament for Yorkshire in 1640 and Old Sarum (1641-1642); George Savile, 1st Marquess of...

Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Savill Notables 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



Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Savill or a variant listed above:

Savill Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Eliza Savill, who landed in Virginia in 1652
  • Elizabeth Savill who settled in Virginia with her husband in 1652

Savill Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Savill, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1837
  • Earnest Savill, aged 2, landed in New York in 1868
  • Ellen Savill, aged 27, arrived in New York in 1868
  • Emma Savill, aged 23, landed in New York in 1868
  • George Savill, aged 27, arrived in New York in 1868
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Savill Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Peter Savill, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Mr. Thomas Savill U.E. who settled in Saint David, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 he was an Officer of Customs in Providence, brother to Jesse Savill [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Savill Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Robert Savill, aged 33, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Switzerland"

Savill Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • George Savill, aged 27, a baker, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Chile" in 1873
  • Harriet Savill, aged 26, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Chile" in 1873
  • Henry B. Savill, aged 5, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Chile" in 1873
  • William Savill, aged 18, a labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rooparell" in 1874

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Contemporary Notables of the name Savill (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Savill (post 1700)



  • Al Savill (1918-1975), English-born, American National Hockey League owner of the Pittsburgh Penguins (1975-1977)
  • Thomas Edward "Tom" Savill (b. 1983), former English cricketer
  • Leslie Austin "Les" Savill (b. 1935), former English cricketer
  • Alfred Savill (1829-1905), English founder of Savills, one of the United Kingdom's largest estate agents
  • Sir John Stewart Savill, English Chief Executive of the Medical Research Council
  • Dame Rosalind Joy Savill DBE, FSA, FBA (b. 1951), British art and museum curator
  • Craig Edward Savill (b. 1978), Canadian six-time gold, seven-time silver medalist curler from Ottawa
  • Sir Eric Savill, English benefactor, eponym of the Savill Garden and Savill Building, Windsor Great Park, Surrey

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  2. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  3. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  4. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  7. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  8. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  9. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  10. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
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The Savill Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Savill 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.

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