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Where did the English Orwill family come from? What is the English Orwill family crest and coat of arms? When did the Orwill family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Orwill family history?The Anglo-Saxon name Orwill comes from when the family resided in the settlement of Orwell in Cambridgeshire, in Orwell Haven in Suffolk, or in the lands of Orwell in the Scottish county of Kinross. The surname Orwill belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Orwill has been recorded under many different variations, including Orwell, Orwill, Orvell and others.
First found in Norfolk 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.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Orwill research. Another 327 words(23 lines of text) covering the years 1140, 1231, and 1362 are included under the topic Early Orwill History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Orwill Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Orwill or a variant listed above: Catherine Orwell and her husband were banished to Jamaica in 1685.
The Orwill Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Orwill 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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