Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence in any of the places named Sewell, Showell, Seawell, and Sywell in England. Shewil 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 Shewil 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 Shewil family
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 Shewil family
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Shewil Spelling Variations
spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Shewil have been found, including Sewell, Shewel, Sewel, Sewall, Shewall, Shewal and many more.
Early Notables of the Shewil family (pre 1700)
fl. 1393), an English politician, Member of the Parliament of England for Totnes in 1393; Gabriel Saywell (died 1688), rector...
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Migration of the Shewil family to Ireland
Some of the Shewil family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Shewil family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Shewils to arrive on North American shores: 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.
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