The surname of REEVELL was derived from the Old French name 'Revel' a now forgotten font name, although it still exists in Normandy, France. The name was brought into England in the wake of the Norman Invasion of 1066. It was also a nickname for a reveller, a boisterous person. The name is also spelt REVEL, REVELLE and REVELL. Many of the early names recorded in medieval documents denote noble families but many also indicate migration from the continent during, and in the wake of, the Norman invasion of 1066. There was a constant stream of merchants, workmen and others arriving in England during this time. In 1086 the Record of Great Inquisition of lands of England, their extent, value, ownership and liabilities was made by order of William The Conqueror. It is known as the Domesday Book and Reuel de Tetenia appears in this book, listed as a tenant-in-chief. Other records of the name mention Paganus Revellus, 1130, London, and Robert Reuel appears in County Essex in 1177. Robert Hugh Revel was documented in the year 1177 in County Essex. Thomas Ryvell of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. Ricardus Ryuell, 1379 ibid. Many factors contributed to the establishment of a surname system. For generations after the Norman Conquest of 1066 a very few dynasts and magnates passed on hereditary surnames, but the main of the population, with a wide choice of first-names out of Celtic, Old English, Norman and Latin, avoided ambiguity without the need for a second name. As society became more stabilized, there was property to leave in wills, the towns and villages grew and the labels that had served to distinguish a handful of folk in a friendly village were not adequate for a teeming slum where perhaps most of the householders were engaged in the same monotonous trade, so not even their occupations could distinguish them, and some first names were gaining a tiresome popularity, especially Thomas after 1170. The hereditary principle in surnames gained currency first in the South, and the poorer folk were slower to apply it. By the 14th century however, most of the population acquired a second name. An eminent member of the name was Roger REVELLE, who was born in 1909. He was the American oceanographer and sociologist, born in Seattle, Washington. Between 1964 and 1976 he was professor of population policy at Harvard.
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