Seywell is a name whose history is connected to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Seywell family once lived in any of the places named Sewell, Showell, Seawell, and Sywell in England
. Seywell 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 Seywell 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 Seywell family
The surname Seywell 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 Seywell family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Seywell research.Another 166 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1150, 1366, 1393, 1393, 1688, 1643 and 1701 are included under the topic Early Seywell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Seywell Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Seywell family name include Sewell, Shewel, Sewel, Sewall, Shewall, Shewal and many more.
Early Notables of the Seywell 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 Seywell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Seywell family to Ireland
Some of the Seywell family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland
is included in all our PDF Extended History products
and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Seywell family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Seywell surname or a spelling variation of the name include:
Seywell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Thomas Seywell, who arrived in Virginia in 1623 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)