The surname Redgwell was first found in Essex, where the name first appeared in the 13th century. Like many surnames, Redgwell was taken from the place where its original bearer lived and presumably held some degree of power, in this case Ridgewell, in Essex. The name of the place is a compound of the words "ridge" and "well," though at the time "well" signified a natural spring more than what we think of as a well today. It seems therefore logical that the place was named for a nearby spring, presumably at the base of a ridge.
Important Dates for the Redgwell family
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Redgwell Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Ridgewell, Ridgwell, Redgewell, Redgwell and others.
Early Notables of the Redgwell family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Redgwell family
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: William Ridgewell, who arrived in Portsmouth, Vermont in 1865.