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Where did the English Saville family come from? What is the English Saville family crest and coat of arms? When did the Saville family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Saville family history?Saville is a name that was brought to England by the ancestors of the Saville family when they migrated to the region after the Norman Conquest in 1066. The Saville family 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.
Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Savile, Savill, Saville, Seville and others.
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." 
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Saville research. Another 175 words (12 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 Saville History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 133 words (10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Saville Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Saville or a variant listed above:
Saville Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- John and Thomas Saville settled in Virginia in 1772
Saville Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Jeremiah and Joseph Saville and their children settled in Baltimore in 1823
- D Saville, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1855
Saville Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Benjamin Saville, English convict from Essex, who was transported aboard the "Andromeda" on November 13, 1832, settling in New South Wales, Australia
- James Saville, aged 28, a farm labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Gloucester"
- William Saville, aged 44, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Shackamaxon"
- John Saville, aged 19, a lead washer, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Shackamaxon"
- Richard Saville, aged 17, a lead washer, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Shackamaxon"
Saville Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Stephen Saville, aged 38, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Berar" in 1875
- Isabella Saville, aged 38, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Berar" in 1875
- James Saville, aged 11, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Berar" in 1875
- Benjamin Saville, aged 10, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Berar" in 1875
- John Saville, aged 14, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Berar" in 1875
- Major-General Gordon Philip Saville (1902-1984), American Deputy Chief of Staff for Development, Headquarters US Air Force (1950-1951)
- Michael Saville, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 2000
- Kathleen Saville, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 2004
- James Burr Saville (1891-1972), American Democrat politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates from Hampshire County, 1935-36; Member of West Virginia Democratic State Executive Committee, 1945-49
- Gary Saville, American politician, Candidate in primary for Mayor of Sandy, Utah, 1989
- Carl Saville, American Republican politician, Chair of Hampshire County Republican Party, 1973
- Marshall Howard Saville (1867-1935), American archaeologist
- George Alan Saville (b. 1993), English professional footballer
- Leonard Malcolm Saville (1901-1982), English author
- Philip Saville (b. 1934), British actor
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- Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
- Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
- Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
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- Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
The Saville Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Saville 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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