The name Showyle belongs to the early history of Britain, it's origins lie with the Anglo-Saxons
. It is a product of their having lived in any of the places named Sewell, Showell, Seawell, and Sywell in England
. Showyle 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 Showyle 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 Showyle family
The surname Showyle 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 Showyle family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Showyle 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 Showyle History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Showyle Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Showyle include Sewell, Shewel, Sewel, Sewall, Shewall, Shewal and many more.
Early Notables of the Showyle 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 Showyle Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Showyle family to Ireland
Some of the Showyle 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 Showyle family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Showyle were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: 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.