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The surname of DOMBELL is a variant of Domville, a locational name 'of de Donville' in the Arrondissement of Lisieux in Normandy. The name was anciently written as Dumoville. A family of this name settled very early in County Chester. The name was derived from the Old French DONVILLE, literally meaning the dweller in a settlement village. Habitation names were originally acquired by the original bearer of the name, who, having lived by, at or near a place, would then take that name as a form of identification for himself and his family. When people lived close to the soil as they did in the Middle Ages, they were acutely conscious of every local variation in landscape and countryside. Every field or plot of land was identified in normal conversation by a descriptive term. If a man lived on or near a hill or mountain, or by a river or stream, forests and trees, he might receive the word as a family name. Almost every town, city or village early times, has served to name many families. Early records of the name mention Hugo de Donvile, County Salop, 1273. Gilbert Domville of Lymm in Lancashire, was listed in the Wills at Lancashire in 1273. The name has many variant spellings which include Dumbrel, Dumbell and Dumble.

The bulk of European surnames in countries such as England and France were formed in the 13th and 14th centuries. The process started earlier and continued in some places into the 19th century, but the norm is that in the 11th century people did not have surnames, whereas by the 15th century they did. Later instances of the name include James Domville, who was recorded in East Cheshire in 1521, and Peter Dombell of Newton in Makerfield (milner) was recorded in 1639 in the Wills at Chester. Elisabeth Dumbell was recorded in the same Wills in the year 1568, and Hannah Dumbell of Newton was recorded in them in 1669. The lion depicted in the arms is the noblest of all wild beasts which is made to be the emblem of strength and valour, and is on that account the most frequently borne in Coat-Armour.

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Last Updated: Dec. 1st, 2021

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