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The proud Scovill 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 Scovill 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.

Scovill Early Origins



The surname Scovill 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]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
The first one record was Thomas de Scobbahull, Sheriff of Devon in 1291.

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Scovill Spelling Variations


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Scovill 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.

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Scovill Early History


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Scovill Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Scovill research. Another 237 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1291, 1610 and 1660 are included under the topic Early Scovill History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Scovill Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Scovill Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Scovill 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



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Scovill Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Rev. James Scovill U.E. born in Waterbury, Connecticut, USA who settled in Kingston, Kings County, New Brunswick c. 1784 he died in 1809 [2]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

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Contemporary Notables of the name Scovill (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Scovill (post 1700)



  • Joseph Scovill, American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Haddam, 1823
  • James Mitchell Lamson Scovill (b. 1789), American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Waterbury, 1826; Member of Connecticut State Senate 5th District, 1834
  • Horace C. Scovill, American politician, Mayor of Rockford, Illinois, 1887-89
  • Henry R. Scovill, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1924
  • Edward W. Scovill, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Columbia County, 1903-06
  • Charles W. Scovill, American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Haddam; Elected 1908
  • Amherst Scovill, American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Columbia, 1823, 1835
  • Alfred H. Scovill, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Watertown, 1908

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Citations


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  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ 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. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  2. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  3. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  4. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  5. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  6. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  7. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  8. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  9. 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.
  10. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
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The Scovill Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Scovill 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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