Re: Norwell in Scotland
The name Norwell apparently is a variation of the original name Norval(French,Norman)and many variants of this name are abound due to wars and political events throughout the ages.To give you all an example, my fathers name was Antonelli, obviously Italian. Born in Britain of Italian parents he fought for Britain at the Somme in France against the Germans in WW1. Being apprenticed as a mechanic in between wars he then became a Rolls Royce engineer and worked as such on these engines under very dangerous conditions during WW2. He worked at Clydebank shipbuilding yards on the Firth of Clyde on the west coast of Scotland on the Rolls Royce engines of the motor torpedo boats and Hawker Hurricane and Supermarine Spitfire aircraft at the RAF fighter airfield at Dyce and others in the north.During this time one of his brothers changed his name from Antonelli to Alexander to protect his immediate family and avoid internment and retribution from the locals. This was understandable due to the crisis at hand,although it never affected his other 6 brothers an 7 sisters! (big family,true Italians) Years later in 1990 I had the pleasure of visiting my cousin from this family ,an Antonelli( still believing her name was Alexander)for the first time since we left Scotland for Australia,some 40 years previous. During conversation she asked where the Antonelli link was and being into genealogy I had brought my bible!with me. She was visibly shocked to find that her father now in his 80's(through reasons I can understand) had never explained the reason for the change of name and had rewritten the family tree to avoid the eventual bang!
I would probably never have been welcome at her fathers house again (he has passed on since), but shereally was not bothered by the revelation and ( I guessed she was suspicious anyway) glad that the truth had been revealed at last. We are the best of friends as we should be with family. Her father had shunned the rest of the family for 50 years and separated his kids from the rest to save face even though everybody outside his immediate family new the truth. Our modern youth have no such problems with the indiscretions of birth out of wedlock,suicides,asylum reports,serious criminal and convict reports,Diamond,Gold and Silver wedding anniverseres that are 1 or 2 years ate due to concealed first child births out of wedlock (as late as the 1950's) and the such of our past ancestors. The bottom line here s, we have lost so much truth and information about our ancestors due to this self preservation problem and we must appreciate that when we hit the brick wall and assimilate for this.
Good luck to all of you and never take the info as gospel,only hearsay until proven!
best regards and cheers from Australia,the lucky country I was blessed to come to because of my Dad's intuition.