Of all the Anglo-Saxon
names to come from Britain, Suel is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived in any of the places named Sewell, Showell, Seawell, and Sywell in England
. Suel is a local
surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames
. There are a variety of types of local surnames, some of which include: topographic
surnames, which could be given to a person who lived beside any physical feature, such as a hill, stream, church or type of tree. Habitation
names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties. It is also possible that the surname Suel is a patronymic
surname, which derives from the Old English given name Siwal(d).
This surname is composed of the elements sige, sæ
which mean victory, sea,
Early Origins of the Suel family
The surname Suel was first found in Warwickshire
where the earliest record of the name was Sewallis, a "noble Saxon" who possessed Lower Eatington before the Norman Conquest
. Sewallis was an ancient personal name
and was not uncommon in Saxon times. CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Girart de Sevele was listed in Normandy
in 1180 and the Rotuli Hundredorum
lists Roger Sevale in England
c. 1272. CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Two references claim that four different listings of the name were found in Warwickshire
the Domesday Book
, our translation CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
only listed one Sewell, in Bedfordshire
as land held by the King that was originally belonging to the Odecrooft hundred
but Ralph Taillebois added it to the manor of Houghton Regis with King William's consent. Today Sewell, is a hamlet located in central Bedfordshire
and is still in the Houghton Regis civil parish.
Early History of the Suel family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Suel research.Another 331 words (24 lines of text) covering the years 1150, 1366, 1393, 1393, 1688, 1643 and 1701 are included under the topic Early Suel History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Suel Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Suel has been spelled many different ways, including Sewell, Shewel, Sewel, Sewall, Shewall, Shewal and many more.
Early Notables of the Suel family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include John Suell ( fl.
1393), an English politician, Member of the Parliament of England
for Totnes in 1393; Gabriel Saywell (died 1688), rector... Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Suel Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Suel family to Ireland
Some of the Suel family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 31 words (2 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 Suel family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Suels to arrive in North America: Thomas Sewell settled in Virginia in 1637; along with Charles in 1654; Martha in 1652; John in 1639; Thomas in 1773; Charles and John Sewell settled in Maryland in 1774.