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Sewall Surname Origin
Probably from sea and wall, a structure of stone or other materials intended for a defense or security against the sea. This name, though seemingly local, may have various significations; suil, in the Gaelic, is a willow; suail, small, inconsiderable. Su, south, and wold, wald, wild, well, an uncultivated place, a wood, a plain, a lawn, hills without wood: Suwold, Suwall, Suwell.
Source: An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names With an Essay on their Derivation and Import; Arthur, William, M.A.; New York, NY: Sheldon, Blake, Bleeker & CO., 1857.
Sewall Surname Meaning and Family Facts
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A Sewall Family History Thought:
'In all of us there is a hunger, marrow-deep, to know our heritage - to know who we are and where we have come from. Without this enriching knowledge, there is a hollow yearning. No matter what our attainments in life, there is still a vacuum. An emptiness. And the most disquieting loneliness.' --Alex Haley