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Where did the English Sewell family come from? What is the English Sewell family crest and coat of arms? When did the Sewell family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Sewell family history?The lineage of the name Sewell begins with the Anglo-Saxon tribes in Britain. It is a result of when they lived in any of the places named Sewell, Showell, Seawell, and Sywell in England. Sewell 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 Sewell is a patronymic surname, which derives from the Old English given name Siwal(d). This surname is composed of the elements sige, sę and weard, which mean victory, sea, and rule, respectively.
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Sewell has undergone many spelling variations, including Sewell, Shewel, Sewel, Sewall, Shewall, Shewal and many more.
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.  Girart de Sevele was listed in Normandy in 1180 and the Rotuli Hundredorum lists Roger Sevale in England c. 1272.  Two references claim that four different listings of the name were found in Warwickshire the Domesday Book, our translation  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.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sewell research. Another 331 words (24 lines of text) covering the years 1150, 1366, 1393 and 1393 are included under the topic Early Sewell History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Sewell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Sewell 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.
To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Sewell were among those contributors:
Sewell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Sewell Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Sewell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Sewell Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
Sewell Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
Sewell Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
Sewell Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
The Sewell Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Sewell 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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