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Southwell is a name whose history is connected to the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Southwell family once lived in the parish of Southwell found in the county of Nottingham.

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The surname Southwell 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 and Suffolk, whence the ancestor of Viscount Southwell removed to Ireland temp. James I." [1]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. [2]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. [3]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)
Woodrising, Norfolk 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." [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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 Southwell family name include Southwell, Sothwell and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Southwell 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 Southwell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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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 Southwell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the Southwell 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.

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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 Southwell surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Southwell Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Susannah Southwell who settled in Maryland in 1775

Southwell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Southwell, who landed in New York in 1852
  • George and Thomas Southwell arrived in Pennsylvania in 1855
  • John T Southwell, who arrived in Mississippi in 1859
  • Joseph Southwell, who landed in Arkansas in 1882

Southwell Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • William Southwell settled in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1830
  • James Southwell, aged 21, landed in Montreal in 1841
  • William Southwell in Harbour Grace, Newfoundland in 1844
  • William Southwell of Upper Small Point (now Kingston) settled in Harbour Grace, Newfoundland in 1871

Southwell Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Southwell arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Princess Royal" in 1848
  • James Southwell, aged 31, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Caucasian"
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  • Maureen Southwell, American Democrat politician, Presidential Elector for California, 1996
  • Edward Southwell (1705-1755), Irish politician from King's Weston, Gloucestershire
  • Robert Southwell (1561-1595), English Jesuit priest and poet
  • Sir Richard Southwell (1503-1564), English Privy Councillor
  • Thomas Southwell (1836-1878), 4th Viscount Southwell, Irish Lord Lieutenant of Leitrim
  • Thomas Southwell (1777-1860), 3rd Viscount Southwell, Irish peer
  • Thomas Southwell (1742-1796), 2nd Viscount Southwell, Irish MP for Limerick County 17671780
  • Thomas Southwell (1721-1780), 1st Viscount Southwell, Irish MP for Enniscorthy and Limerick County 17611766
  • Edward Southwell (1738-1777), 20th Baron de Clifford, British politician
  • Sir Richard Vynne Southwell MA, LLD, FRS (1888-1970), British mathematician who specialized in applied mechanics
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Southwell Historic Events



Hillcrest Coal Mine

  • Mr. Albert Southwell (1883-1914), English Timber Packer from Wadsworth, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom who worked in the Hillcrest Coal Mine, Alberta, Canada and died in the mine collapse on June 19 1914

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. James Southwell, British Stoker 2ne Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking
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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.

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Citations



  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  2. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  3. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  4. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  5. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  6. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  7. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. 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).
  9. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  10. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
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The Southwell Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Southwell Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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