Anketill History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the Anketill family brought their name to England in the wave of migration after the Norman Conquest of 1066. They lived in Anctiville, Normandy, in the diocese of Coutances. The Anketill family migrated to England in the 11th century, settling in the county of Dorset.

Early Origins of the Anketill family

The surname Anketill was first found in the county of Dorset, in England, but for earlier origins the family can be traced to Tebotvilla in Normandy, where their territories were known as Weedon Beck. They accompanied Duke William of Normandy into England in 1066 and were granted lands in Dorset.

Early History of the Anketill family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Anketill research. Another 102 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1901 and 1636 are included under the topic Early Anketill History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Anketill Spelling Variations

A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Anketill, Ankatell, Anketil, Ankatel, Anchetill, Anchetell and many more.

Early Notables of the Anketill family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Anketill Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Anketill family to Ireland

Some of the Anketill family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 47 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Anketill migration to the United States +

Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Anketill or a variant listed above:

Anketill Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Francis Anketill, who landed in Maryland in 1668 [1]


The Anketill Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Vade ad formicam
Motto Translation: Go to the ant.


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)


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