Early Origins of the Almewake family
The surname Almewake was first found in Northumberland
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor. The Norman influence of English history dominated after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. The family name was first referenced in the 11th century when they held estates in the county.
Early History of the Almewake family
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Almewake Spelling Variations
Endless spelling variations
are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Alnwick, Alnick, Annick, Annicke, Almwake, Alnwyk and others.
Early Notables of the Almewake family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Almewake family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious persecution within England
at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Almewake or a variant listed above: Amick, aged 58, who arrived at Ellis Island
, in 1904; Adele Amick, aged 42, who arrived at Ellis Island
from Paris, France, in 1910; J. W. Amick, aged 46, who arrived at Ellis Island, in 1904.