particularly around Downton. There are known connections between Downton and the
Sussex Ports in connection with the timber industry. However a search of the parish
records has not revealed a Francis.
isolated entries. There is research into Ancient Surnames that indicates "Kervil"
as a Norman surname established in the County from the time of the Norman Conquest.
Duke William of Normandy, their liege
lord, had granted them lands for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of
Hastings in 1066. The
research indicates that the family originally came from Carvile or Charville in Normandy.
Arundel Castle Sussex
was taken over by the Howard Family (from Wiggenhall area in Norfolk) in 16th century
and thus gives a
possible connection between the two counties as staff would have transferred. However
a search through
the estate records by the Arundel Castle Archivist has shown no evidence of the surname.
Kervil surname is known in Brittany and Francis "appears" on South Coast of England
only two years after
the largest exodus of Huguenots from France in 1685. However a commissioned search
Society records by Michael Gandy, an historical researcher with the Society, has
shown no evidence that
the surname was Huguenot. The only similair name was Louise Renee de Keroualle (Madam
one of Charles II's mistresses and granted naturalisation in 1673. She was later
Duchess of Portsmouth.
The discovery that Francis Kervil also used the alias of GRILL has also been researched
by Michael Gandy for Huguenot links. There are GRILLs from the Dieppe area that came
to England but, to
date, no link with a Francis has been found.
isolated entries. The KERVILE family were well known at Wiggenhall, near Kings Lynn
from the time of the Norman Conquest until the family name died out in 1624 with
the death of Henry KERVILE, Knight. The family had originally come over with William
the Conqueror and been given lands for their part in the Conquest