The ancient history of the Sewel name begins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the family resided in any of the places named Sewell, Showell, Seawell, and Sywell in England
. Sewel 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 Sewel 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 Sewel family
The surname Sewel 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 Sewel family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sewel 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 Sewel History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Sewel Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Sewel include Sewell, Shewel, Sewel, Sewall, Shewall, Shewal and many more.
Early Notables of the Sewel 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 Sewel Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Sewel family to Ireland
Some of the Sewel 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 Sewel family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled 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 ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Sewel or a variant listed above: Thomas Sewell settled in Virginia in 1637; along with Charles in 1654; Martha in 1652; John in 1639; Thomas in 1773; Charles and John Sewell settled in Maryland in 1774.