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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.
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."  Henry de Suthwell was listed in Nottinghamshire in 1360 as was Richard Sowthwell in 1451.  Richard de Southwell was listed in the Feet of Fines for Norfolk in 1474.  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." 
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.
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
Southwell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Southwell Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
Southwell Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
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.
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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