This unusual and interesting name is of Anglo-Saxon origin, and is a locational surname deriving from the place called 'Shawell' in Leicestershire. The placename is first recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 as 'Sawelle', in 1224 as 'Schadewelle' and by 1316 as 'Shathewell'. The name derives from the Old English pre 7th Century 'Sceath, Scead', boundary and 'Well, waell', well, spring, or stream, and means 'the boundary stream'. Locational names were usually given to the lord of the manor, and were used especially by those former inhabitants of a place who moved to another area. The development of the surname has included Shawle (1608) and Shaule (1616). The modern surname can be found as Shawl, Shawell and Shaul. One Rowland Shawl married Frances Taylor in May 1591 at Darley Dale, Derbyshire. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of John Shawell (christening), which was dated 16th June 1565, at Baumber, Lincolnshire, during the reign of Queen Elizabeth 1, known as 'Good Queen Bess', 1558 - 1603. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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  • Shawl — Shawl, n. [Per. & Hind. sh[=a]l: cf. F. ch[^a]le.] A square or oblong cloth of wool, cotton, silk, or other textile or netted fabric, used, especially by women, as a loose covering for the neck and shoulders. [1913 Webster] {India shawl}, a kind… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Shawl — Shawl, v. t. To wrap in a shawl. Thackeray. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Shawl — Shawl, der Name des feinsten Wollenzeugs, das nur im Oriente und zwar von der seidenweichen Wolle der tibetanischen Ziegen in so hoher Vollkommenheit verfertigt wird (s. Caschmirsyawl), sieht ursprünglich hellgrau aus. Man bleicht die Wolle… …   Damen Conversations Lexikon

  • shawl — shawl; shawl·less; un·shawl; …   English syllables

  • shawl — [ ʃɔl ] noun count a large piece of material that is worn by a woman around her shoulders or on her head: a lace shawl …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • shawl — (n.) 1660s, originally of a type of scarf worn in Asia, from Urdu and other Indian languages, from Pers. shal, sometimes said to be named for Shaliat, town in India where it was first manufactured. Cf. Fr. chále, Sp. chal, It. scialle, Ger. Shawl …   Etymology dictionary

  • Shawl — (spr. Schahl), 1) große, meist seine bunte Umschlagtücher, welche entweder gleich lang u. breit, od. nur ungefähr halb so breit als lang sind (Longshawls), od. auch doppelt so breit als lang (Doppelshawls). Das vierschäftig geköperte Grundgewebe… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Shawl — Shawl, s. Schal …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Shawl — (schahl), Gewebe aus der feinsten Wolle der Kaschemirziege, welche in einer Lösung von Potasche, dann in reinem Wasser gewaschen, hierauf gebleicht, gekrämpelt auf einer einfachen Spindel weich gesponnen, dann gewoben wird; in Kaschemir wird aber …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • shawl — [ʃo:l US ʃo:l] n [Date: 1600 1700; : Persian; Origin: shal] a piece of cloth, in a square or ↑triangular shape, that is worn around the shoulders or head, especially by women …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • shawl — ► NOUN ▪ a large piece of fabric worn by women over the shoulders or head or wrapped round a baby. DERIVATIVES shawled adjective. ORIGIN Urdu and Persian, probably from Sh li t, a town in India …   English terms dictionary

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