The history of the Thurvell family name begins after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. They lived in Leicestershire
. Their name, however, is a reference to Turville-la- Champagne, Normandy
, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest
in 1066. However, some believe the name is Anglo Saxon in origin, and meant 'dry field'. In the Anglo-Saxon
Chronicle the name was recorded in 796 as Thyrefeld. Regardless of the origin, Ralph Turvill, a benefactor of the abbey of Leicester was the first record of the name in 1297.
Early Origins of the Thurvell family
The surname Thurvell was first found in Leicestershire
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor of Herdebere, Pailington, Bedworth, Chelmscote, Fulbrooke, and Nuneaton. Normanton Turvile was their main seat. William de Turvile, a companion in arms of Duke William at the Battle of Hastings in 1066, was the first settler. William was descended from the Turville-la- Champagne
, seated at Eure, at Amfreville-la- Champagne
. In Buckinghamshire
, the manor of Turville once belonged to the abbey at St Albans, but was seized by the Crown in the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1547. The manor house has since been rebuilt as Turville Park, a fine stately home in the village of Turville.
Early History of the Thurvell family
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Thurvell Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations
. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Turvile, Turville, Tourville, Tourvile, Turvell, Turvill, Turvil and many more.
Early Notables of the Thurvell family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Thurvell family to the New World and Oceana
Because of the political and religious discontent in England
, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Thurvell name or one of its variants: Ann Turvel who landed in North America in 1771.
The Thurvell 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: Virtus semper eadem
Motto Translation: Virtue is always the same.