The Sowthwell name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. Their name comes from having lived in the parish of Southwell found in the county of Nottingham.
Early Origins of the Sowthwell family
The surname Sowthwell 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 Sowthwell family
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Sowthwell Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Sowthwell has undergone many spelling variations
, including Southwell, Sothwell and others.
Early Notables of the Sowthwell 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 Sowthwell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Sowthwell family to Ireland
Some of the Sowthwell family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Sowthwell family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the unstable social climate in England
of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Sowthwell were among those contributors: 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 Sowthwell 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.