Scovell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The proud Scovell family originated in Cornwall, a rugged coastal region in southwestern England. In early times, people were known by only a single name. However, as the population grew and people traveled further afield, it became increasingly necessary to assume an additional name to differentiate between bearers of the same personal name. The manner in which hereditary surnames arose is interesting. Local surnames are derived from where the original bearer lived, was born, or held land. The Scovell family originally lived in Cornwall. Their name however, is derived from the village of Scoville, Normandy, where the family lived before arriving with the Norman Conquest in the 11th century.

Early Origins of the Scovell family

The surname Scovell was first found in Cornwall where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of St. Austell and also having branches at Mavaggissey, Polrudden, Tregonnan and Menagwins. Another reference claims this name in old Cornish language signifies broom-plant. "The family have flourished for a long series of generations, in knightly and gentle degree, in that part of England." [1] The first one record was Thomas de Scobbahull, Sheriff of Devon in 1291.

"Although Menagwins [Cornwall] exhibits at present no other dwelling than a farm-house, it still retains several memorials of departed grandeur that were the companions of its former fame. In the days of Charles I. it was the seat of Richard Scobell, who was afterwards clerk of the parliament under Oliver Cromwell. About a century ago it was the habitation of Francis Scobell, Esq. who married one of the co-heiresses of Sir John Tredinham, knight." [2]

Early History of the Scovell family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Scovell research. Another 119 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1291, 1610, 1660 and 1648 are included under the topic Early Scovell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Scovell Spelling Variations

Cornish surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The official court languages, which were Latin and French, were also influential on the spelling of a surname. Since the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and 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 of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. Lastly, spelling variations often resulted from the linguistic differences between the people of Cornwall and the rest of England. The Cornish spoke a unique Brythonic Celtic language which was first recorded in written documents during the 10th century. However, they became increasingly Anglicized, and Cornish became extinct as a spoken language in 1777, although it has been revived by Cornish patriots in the modern era. The name has been spelled Scobell, Scobel, Schobell, Schobel, Scobahull, Scobbahull, Scobhull, Scobhill, Scoble, Scobal and many more.

Early Notables of the Scovell family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family at this time was Thomas Scobbahull, Sheriff of Devon; and Henry Scobell (c. 1610-1660), an English Parliamentary official, and clerk to the Long Parliament. "He is said to have been born at Menagwin in St. Austell, Cornwall, and to have owned...
Another 45 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Scovell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Scovell migration to the United States +

In the immigration and passenger lists a number of early immigrants bearing the name Scovell were found:

Scovell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Samuel Scovell, who landed in Maryland in 1633-1641 [3]
  • Sam Scovell, who arrived in Maryland in 1633-1641 [3]
  • George Scovell, who arrived in Maryland in 1650 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Scovell (post 1700) +

  • Nell Scovell, American television and magazine writer, producer and director, known for having created the television series Sabrina, the Teenage Witch
  • J. Boardman Scovell, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Niagara County 2nd District, 1921 [4]
  • Edith Joy Scovell (1907-1999), English poet
  • General Sir George Scovell (1774-1861), British member of the quartermaster's staff of the British Army in Iberia during the Peninsular War, best known as a codebreaker
  • Eduardo Lefebvre Scovell (1864-1918), British artist
  • Sir William Scovell Savory (1826-1895), British surgeon, created 1st Baronet Savory

HMS Royal Oak
  • E.W. Scovell, British Boy 1st Class with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he survived the sinking [5]
RMS Titanic
  • Mr. Robert Scovell (d. 1912), aged 42, English Saloon Steward from Freemantle, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [6]


  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Hutchins, Fortescue, The History of Cornwall, from the Earliest Records and Traditions to the Present Time. London: William Penaluna, 1824. Print
  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 14) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  5. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html
  6. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html


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