Searching Medieval Records for Sources of Names

By Eric Sewell This article was originally published in the November 1997 edition of Soul Search, the journal of The Sole Society and revised in January 2002 There are numerous records of the 12th-15th century that can usefully be searched for names. Although such evidence cannot be fully representative of the whole population, it nevertheless […]

Sewell Origins: Cumberland and Westmorland

By Eric Sewell This article was originally published in the April 1998 edition of Soul Search, the journal of The Sole Society, with revisions made in Jan 2002 The corresponding article on the Northumberland & Durham SEWELLs suggests that some may have migrated from Cumberland.  The route running parallel to Hadrian’s Wall, from Carlisle along […]

The Domesday Book and the early Sewells

By Eric L Sewell This article was originally published in the November 1998 edition of Soul Search and revised in Jan 2002 The Domesday Book of 1086 is the earliest major repository of named individuals and their locations. It covers all the English counties, excluding only Cumberland (except parts of Furness), Durham and Northumberland. In […]

Fact and Fiction in Family History

By Don Steel This article was originally published in the March 1996 edition of Soul Search, the journal of The Sole Society For many Years Family Tree Magazine has reigned supreme as the only popu­lar national magazine for the hobby, its only competition being the prestigious and academic Genealogists’ Magazine and the host of journals […]

The Road Back – Origins of the Saul Name

By Les Saul This article was originally published in the November 1998 edition of Soul Search, the journal of The Sole Society ‘A History Of English In Its Words’ by Craig M. Carver, regarding nicknames states: Surnames were not common in England before the thirteenth century, so it was customary to give an additional informal […]

The All SOULs Collage Part 3: SOLLEY – SAWLEY

By Don Steel This article was originally published in the November 1997 edition of Soul Search, the journal of The Sole Society The main heartland of the SOLLEY surname is in Kent, centring on Ash, near Sandwich. However there is another significant stem in Worcestershire. In an earlier article, I suggested that the latter might […]

The All Souls Collage Part 2: SEWELL – SOWELL

By Don Steel This article was originally published in the April 1995 edition of Soul Search, the journal of The Sole Society Geoff’s SEWELL distribution map re­produced in a previous number does not correspond at all with the second derivation of the surname given in Reaney’s Dictionary of British Surnames as from places called Sewell […]

The All Souls Collage Part 1: SOLE – SAUL – SALE – SELL

By Don Steel This article was originally published in the November 1993 edition of Soul Search, the journal of The Sole Society All Souls Day (2 November) 1993 saw the second anniversary of our foundation. It seems an appropriate time to publish a new edition of Geoff’s variants chart and to see how far we […]