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An excerpt from archives copyright 2000 - 2016

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.


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.

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] Henry de Suthwell was listed in Nottinghamshire in 1360 as was Richard Sowthwell in 1451. [2] Richard de Southwell was listed in the Feet of Fines for Norfolk in 1474. [3] 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]


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.


Another 139 words (10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Southwell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


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.


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"


  • Maureen Southwell, American Democrat politician, Presidential Elector for California, 1996
  • 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
  • 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
  • Mr. James Southwell (d. 1941), British Stoker 2nd Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking
  • 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



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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  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. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  2. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  3. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  4. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  5. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  6. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  8. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  9. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  10. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
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The Southwell Family Crest was acquired from the 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.

This page was last modified on 7 March 2016 at 09:59.

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