Derived from the Old English 'fugol' meaning 'a large bird' - the name was originally a personal name, and presumably a nickname before becoming a 12th century surname. There are at least twelve alternative spellings in the modern idiom ranging from Fowle through Fuggle or Fuggles (the plural meaning 'son of') to Voules and Vowells, illustrating the interchangeability of 'V' and 'F'. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Fugel of Hampshire which was dated 1086 The Domesday Book during the reign of King William 1 The Conqueror 1066 - 1087. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.