This English (Norman) habitation name of BURVILL was from Bouville in Seine Maritime, recorded in 1212 as Bovilla, was apparently from a Germanic personal name Bolo (of uncertain origin) arrived in England in the wake of the Norman Invasion of 1066. The earliest of the name recorded in England appears to be Warin de Boville, who appears in County Nottingham in the year 1273, and John de Boville of County Suffolk, was recorded in the same year. Matthew de Bovylle of County Surrey, was documented during the reign of Edward I (1272-1307) and Anastach de Bovylle was recorded in County Devon during the reign of Edward III (1327-1377). The earliest hereditary surnames in England are found shortly after the Norman Conquest of 1066 and are of Norman French origin rather than native English. On the arrival of the Normans they identified themselves by references to the estates from which they came from in northern France. These names moved rapidly on with their bearers into Scotland and Ireland. Others of the Norman Invaders took names from the estates in England which they had newly acquired. The acquisition of surnames in Europe during the past eight hundred years has been affected by many factors, including social class and social structure, naming practices in neighbouring cultures, and indigenous cultural tradition. On the whole, the richer and more powerful classes tended to acquire surnames earlier than the working classes and the poor, while surnames were quicker to catch on in urban areas than in more sparsely populated rural areas. These facts suggest that the origin of surnames is associated with the emergence of bureaucracies. As long as land tenure, military service, and fealty were matters of direct relationship between a lord and his vassals, the need did not arise for fixed distinguishing epithets to mark out one carl from another. But as societies became more complex, and as such matters as the management of tenure and in particular the collection of taxes were delegated to special functionaries, it became imperative to have a more complex system of nomenclature to distinguish one individual from another reliably and unambiguously.A later instance of the name mentions Thomas Bovill and Elizabeth Jones who were married at St. George's, Hanover Square, London in the year 1790. The associated coat of arms is recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884.
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