Abbelwhite is a name whose history is connected to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Abbelwhite family once lived in the township of Applethwaite,
which was in the parish of Windermere in Westmorland
(now part of Cumbria). There were also places with this name in Cumberland
and in Suffolk
, where the first instances of the surname Abbelwhite were found. In Old English, applethwaite
meant an apple orchard
or an area of land cleared for growing apples.
Early Origins of the Abbelwhite family
The surname Abbelwhite was first found in the county of Suffolk
in south eastern England
. The Applethwaites were found in Suffolk
from very ancient times and sustained the Norman Conquest
in 1066, retaining their lands and estates.
Early History of the Abbelwhite family
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Abbelwhite Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Abbelwhite family name include Applethwaite, Applewhite, Applewaite, Applewait, Apelwhite, Eppelwhite, Epplethwaite and many more.
Early Notables of the Abbelwhite family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Abbelwhite family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Abbelwhite surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Henry Apllewhate who arrived in Virginia in 1713; Thomas Applewhite who arrived in Maryland in 1676; Henry Applewhaite who arrived in Virginia in 1670.