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Early Origins of the Alnwick family

The surname Alnwick 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 Alnwick family

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Alnwick Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Alnwick were recorded, including Alnwick, Alnick, Annick, Annicke, Almwake, Alnwyk and others.

Early Notables of the Alnwick family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Alnwick family to the New World and Oceana

The unstable environment in England at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland, Australia, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Alnwick arrived in North America very early:

Alnwick Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Edith Alnwick, aged 8, who emigrated to the United States from Blaydon, in 1901
  • Margaret Alnwick, aged 2, who emigrated to the United States from Blaydon, in 1901
  • Martha Alnwick, aged 33, who landed in America from Blaydon, in 1901
  • John J. Alnwick, aged 29, who settled in America from London, England, in 1909

Contemporary Notables of the name Alnwick (post 1700)

  • Benjamin Robert "Ben" Alnwick (b. 1987), English football goalkeeper currently playing for Tottenham Hotspur

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