Today's generation of the Adnett family bears a name that was brought to England
by the wave of emigration that was started by the Norman Conquest
of 1066. It comes from the Norman name Odinet,
from which the more commonly known Odo
Early Origins of the Adnett family
The surname Adnett was first found in Shropshire
at Hodnet, a village and civil parish in the union of Drayton, in the hundred
of North Bradford. The first record of the place name was found in the Domesday Book
of 1086 where it was listed as Odenet. CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
Apart from the aforementioned patronymic
origin, the place name could also mean "pleasant valley," from the Welsh
"hawdd" meaning "pleasant" or "peaceful" and "nant," a "glen or valley." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Early History of the Adnett family
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Adnett Spelling Variations
Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Hodenet, Hignett, Hignet, Hodnet, Hodnett, Hodenett, Hodinett, Hodinutt, Hodinut, Hodinott, Hodinot, Hoddenett, Hoddinet, Hoddinutt and many more.
Early Notables of the Adnett family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Adnett family to Ireland
Some of the Adnett family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 197 words (14 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Adnett family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Adnett Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Mr. Adnett U.E., United Empire Loyalist who settled in Carleton, Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1783 CITATION[CLOSE]
Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X