The roots of the Anglo-Saxon
name Saywell come from when the family resided in any of the places named Sewell, Showell, Seawell, and Sywell in England
. Saywell is a local
surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames
. There are a variety of types of local surnames, some of which include: topographic
surnames, which could be given to a person who lived beside any physical feature, such as a hill, stream, church or type of tree. Habitation
names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties. It is also possible that the surname Saywell is a patronymic
surname, which derives from the Old English given name Siwal(d).
This surname is composed of the elements sige, sæ
which mean victory, sea,
Early Origins of the Saywell family
The surname Saywell was first found in Warwickshire
where the earliest record of the name was Sewallis, a "noble Saxon" who possessed Lower Eatington before the Norman Conquest
. Sewallis was an ancient personal name
and was not uncommon in Saxon times. CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Girart de Sevele was listed in Normandy
in 1180 and the Rotuli Hundredorum
lists Roger Sevale in England
c. 1272. CITATION[CLOSE]
The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
Two references claim that four different listings of the name were found in Warwickshire
the Domesday Book
, our translation CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
only listed one Sewell, in Bedfordshire
as land held by the King that was originally belonging to the Odecrooft hundred
but Ralph Taillebois added it to the manor of Houghton Regis with King William's consent. Today Sewell, is a hamlet located in central Bedfordshire
and is still in the Houghton Regis civil parish.
Early History of the Saywell family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Saywell research.Another 331 words (24 lines of text) covering the years 1150, 1366, 1393, 1393, 1688, 1643 and 1701 are included under the topic Early Saywell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Saywell Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations
are common among early Anglo-Saxon
names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Saywell has been recorded under many different variations, including Sewell, Shewel, Sewel, Sewall, Shewall, Shewal and many more.
Early Notables of the Saywell family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include John Suell ( fl.
1393), an English politician, Member of the Parliament of England
for Totnes in 1393; Gabriel Saywell (died 1688), rector... Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Saywell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Saywell family to Ireland
Some of the Saywell family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 31 words (2 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 Saywell family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England
made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Saywell or a variant listed above:
Saywell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- David Saywell, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1666 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
Saywell Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Charles Saywell, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Martha Ridgway
- Geo Saywell, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Martha Ridgway
- William Saywell, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship "Martha Ridgway"
- George Saywell, aged 35, a carpenter, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Martha Ridgeway" in 1840
- Susan Saywell, aged 30, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Martha Ridgeway" in 1840
Contemporary Notables of the name Saywell (post 1700)
- John Saywell, Canadian lawyer, urban planner and political candidate in the 2008 Quebec provincial election
- Jeremy Saywell, Maltese silver medalist judoka and flag bearer for Malta at the 2010 Summer Youth Olympics
- John Tupper "Jack" Saywell (1929-2011), Canadian historian, editor of the Canadian Historical Review (1957 to 1963) and Canadian Annual Review (1960 to 1979)