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Postlewaite History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The Postlewaite surname is thought to derive from a place name, most likely from Postlewaite in the Parish of Millom, Cumberland. The place name comes from and Old English personal name Possel or Postel, combined with "thwaite," which means "a clearing."


Early Origins of the Postlewaite family


The surname Postlewaite was first found in Cumberland, where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The family appear from ancient documents to have held lands in various parts of Cumberland from an early period. The original name came from Possel or Postel's clearing, a thwaite being a clearing. In time, the 'thwaite' was corrupted to 'white' and some of the family name still prefer this spelling.

Early History of the Postlewaite family


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Postlewaite Spelling Variations


Spelling variations of this family name include: Postlethwaite, Postelthwaite, Postel, Postell, Postels, Postells, Postill, Posselthwaite, Postlewhite, Postlethwait, Poslethwaite, Postlewaite, Poslethwait, Postillthwaite, Postilthwaite and many more.

Early Notables of the Postlewaite family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Postlewaite family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Postlewaite Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Hugh Postlewaite, who settled in Virginia in 1739

Contemporary Notables of the name Postlewaite (post 1700)


  • Philip F. Postlewaite, American Professor of Law, Director, Tax Program at Northwestern Law, Chicago, Illinois
  • Andrew Postlewaite, American Professor of Economics at the University of Pennsylvania

The Postlewaite Motto


The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Semper paratus
Motto Translation: Always prepared.


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