Early Origins of the Alnewake family
The surname Alnewake 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 Alnewake family
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Alnewake Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. When the Normans
became the ruling people of England
in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Alnwick, Alnick, Annick, Annicke, Almwake, Alnwyk and others.
Early Notables of the Alnewake family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Alnewake family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England
. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Alnewake or a variant listed above were: 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.