The ancestors of the bearers of the Varewell family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England
. They were first found near a pleasant spring or stream. The name Varewell is derived from two Old English elements: fæger,
which means fair or beautiful; and well,
which was the name for a spring. There is a parish Farewell
, two miles from Lichfield.
Early Origins of the Varewell family
The surname Varewell was first found in Staffordshire
at Farewell, a parish, in the union of Lichfield, S. division of the hundred
of Offlow. The earliest record of the place was in 1200 when it was listed as Fagerwell. CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Early History of the Varewell family
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Varewell Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Varewell include Farewell, Farwell, Fairwell and others.
Early Notables of the Varewell family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Varewell family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Varewell or a variant listed above: James Farewell settled in Barbados in 1680 with his wife and servants.