Sewell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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, sæ and weard, which mean victory, sea, and rule, respectively.

Early Origins of the Sewell family

The surname Sewell 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. [1]

Girart de Sevele was listed in Normandy in 1180 and the Rotuli Hundredorum lists Roger Sevale in England c. 1272. [2]

Two references claim that four different listings of the name were found in Warwickshire the Domesday Book, our translation [3] 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.

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 had quite a few listings for the name as a forename and as a surname: Sewallus de Cleton, Hertfordshire; Sewale de Retcote, Oxfordshire; Robert filius Sew, Norfolk; Thomas Sewald, Oxfordshire; and Godard Sewale, Cambridgeshire. [4]

Early History of the Sewell family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sewell research. Another 166 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1150, 1366, 1257, 1393, 1393, 1688, 1643, 1701, 1652, 1730, 1667, 1671, 1674, 1676, 1654, 1720 and 1654 are included under the topic Early Sewell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Sewell Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Sewell family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Sewall de Bovill (d. 1257), Archbishop of York, a pupil at Oxford of St. Edmund (Rich), the future Archbishop of Canterbury. John Suell ( fl. 1393), was an English politician, Member of the Parliament of England for Totnes in 1393. Gabriel Saywell (died 1688), was rector of Pentridge, Dorset; and his son, William Saywell (1643-1701), was an English churchman and academic, known as a controversialist, Archdeacon of Ely, and Master of Jesus College, Cambridge. Samuel Sewall (1652-1730), was "a colonist and judge, son of Henry Sewall and Jane, daughter of Stephen Dummer, born at Bishopstoke, Hampshire. Emigrating in childhood...
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Ireland Migration of the Sewell family to Ireland

Some of the Sewell family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Sewell migration to the United States +

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
  • Thomas Sewell, who settled in Virginia in 1637
  • John Sewell, who settled in Virginia in 1639
  • Thomas Sewell, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1649 [5]
  • Richard Sewell, who arrived in Virginia in 1651 [5]
  • John Sewell, who landed in Maryland in 1651 [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Sewell Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Gerard Sewell, who landed in Virginia in 1703 [5]
  • Philip Sewell, aged 7, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1772 [5]
  • Thomas Sewell, who settled in Virginia in 1773
  • Charles and John Sewell, who settled in Maryland in 1774
Sewell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Geo W Sewell, who landed in New York, NY in 1812 [5]
  • George N Sewell, aged 21, who arrived in New York in 1812 [5]
  • Edward, James, Phillip, Thomas, and William Sewell all, who arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1870
  • J A Sewell, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 [5]
  • L R Sewell, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Sewell migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Sewell Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Diano Sewell, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Mary Sewell, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Robert Sewell, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Mr. Jonathan Sewell U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [6]
  • Mr. Nicholas Sewell U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [6]
Sewell Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Edward Sewell, aged 26 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Gilmour" departing from the port of Cork, Ireland but died on Grosse Isle in June 1847 [7]
  • Mr. Edward Sewell who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Syria" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle in 1847 [7]
  • Mr. Patrick Sewell who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Syria" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle in 1847 [7]
  • W Sewell, who arrived in Victoria, British Columbia in 1862

Australia Sewell migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Sewell Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

New Zealand Sewell migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Sewell Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. H Sewell, Australian settler travelling from Hobart, Tasmania, Australia aboard the ship "Brazil Packet" arriving in New Zealand in 1833 [12]
  • Mr. H. Sewell, Cornish settler travelling from Launceston, UK aboard the ship "Brazil Packet" arriving in New Zealand in 1836 [12]
  • Mr. Sewell, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Gipsey" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 25th October 1854, en-route to Wellington [12]
  • Mrs. Sewell, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Gipsey" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 25th October 1854, en-route to Wellington [12]
  • Mr. William Sewell, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Gipsey" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 25th October 1854, en-route to Wellington [12]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Sewell (post 1700) +

  • Jonathan Sewell U.E. (1766-1839), American-born United Empire Loyalist, lawyer, judge and politician, Chief Justice of Lower Canada, son of Jonathan Sewell (1728–1796), the last attorney-general of Massachusetts
  • Stephen Sewell U.E. (1770-1832), American United Empire Loyalist who became a lawyer and politician in Lower Canada
  • Harley Edward Sewell (1931-2011), American NFL football guard
  • Elyse Marie Sewell (b. 1982), American fashion model from Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Edward Granville Sewell, American mathematician and university professor, Professor of Mathematics at the University of Texas
  • William Hamilton Sewell (1909-2001), American sociologist and the Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison from 1967-1968
  • Sicily Sewell (b. 1985), American actress
  • Joe Sewell (1898-1990), American baseball player
  • Benjamin Sewell, American politician, Member of Kentucky State Senate, 1906-09 [13]
  • Arthur E. Sewell, American Republican politician, Maine Republican State Chair, 1937 [13]
  • ... (Another 34 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Hood
  • Mr. Gilbert W Sewell (b. 1908), English Marine serving for the Royal Marine from Malvern, Worcestershire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [14]


Suggested Readings for the name Sewell +

  • 1442 History of One Sewell Family in America by Franklin Comer Sewell.

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  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  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. ^ 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)
  6. ^ 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
  7. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 54)
  8. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 155 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1822
  9. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anna Maria voyage to Van Diemen's Land or Port Phillip, Australia in 1848 with 190 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anna-maria/1848
  10. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The INDIAN 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Indian.htm
  11. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PANAMA 1850. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850PrincessHelena.gif
  12. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  13. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  14. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm


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