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Where did the English Kentwell family come from? What is the English Kentwell family crest and coat of arms? When did the Kentwell family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Kentwell family history?The ancestors of the Kentwell surname lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. The name comes from when they lived in Kentwell, in the county of Suffolk. The first families were known as De Cantwell, which literally means that they were from Cantwell or Kentwell.
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Kentwell include Cantwall, Cantwell, Cantwel, Kantwell, Kentwell and many more.
First found in Suffolk where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects. Their earliest records were in the year 1273 when Gilbert de Kentwelle held a manor and estates. This is presumed to be the senior line of the family name but they held a family seat there from a very early date, probably the 10th century.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kentwell research. Another 310 words(22 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1406, 1452, and 1500 are included under the topic Early Kentwell History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Kentwell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Kentwell family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 100 words(7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: John Cantwell settled in Virginia in 1623; Mary Cantwell settled in Pennsylvania in 1685; Edward, Joseph, Leonard, Mathias, Michael, and Patrick all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1870..
The Kentwell Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kentwell Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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