Jewell Family History
Jewell Name Meaning
English (Devon and Cornwall): from an Old Breton personal name Iudhael composed of elements meaning ‘lord’ + ‘generous bountiful’ (see Jewkes ) which was borne by a 7th-century Christian saint a king of Brittany who abdicated and spent the last part of his life in a monastery. Forms of this name are found in medieval records not only in Devon and Cornwall where they are of native origin but also in East Anglia and even Yorkshire where they were imported by Bretons after the Norman Conquest. The name was seemingly reintroduced from France in the 17th century by Huguenots.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press