The roots of the Anglo-Saxon
name Southwel come from when the family resided in the parish of Southwell found in the county of Nottingham.
Early Origins of the Southwel family
The surname Southwel was first found in Nottinghamshire
where "the family are of great antiquity as lords of Southwell, till the reign of Henry VI. They afterwards settled in Norfolk
, whence the ancestor of Viscount Southwell removed to Ireland temp.
James I." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Henry de Suthwell was listed in Nottinghamshire
in 1360 as was Richard Sowthwell in 1451. CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
Richard de Southwell was listed in the Feet of Fines for Norfolk
in 1474. CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
was an ancient family seat
. "The manor was formerly the property of the Southwell family, of whom Sir Richard was chancellor to Edward VI., and Sir Robert secretary for Ireland
in the reign of Charles II." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Southwel family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Southwel research.Another 135 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1561, 1595, 1504, 1564, 1694, 1678, 1682, 1689, 1912, 1635, 1702, 1690, 1688, 1667, 1729, 1671, 1730, 1665, 1720, 1695, 1713, 1698, 1766, 1717 and 1720 are included under the topic Early Southwel History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Southwel Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations
are common among early Anglo-Saxon
names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Southwel has been recorded under many different variations, including Southwell, Sothwell and others.
Early Notables of the Southwel family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Robert Southwell (c.
1561-1595), also known as Saint Robert Southwell, an English Roman Catholic priest of the Jesuit Order, canonized by Pope Paul VI as one of the Forty Martyrs of... Another 39 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Southwel Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Southwel family to Ireland
Some of the Southwel family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 235 words (17 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Southwel family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England
made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Southwel or a variant listed above: Susannah Southwell who settled in Maryland in 1775; George and Thomas Southwell arrived in Pennsylvania in 1855. In Newfoundland, William Southwell settled in St. John's in 1830.
The Southwel Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Nec male notus eques
Motto Translation: A knight not badly known.