Early Origins of the Astwich family
The surname Astwich was first found in East Hertfordshire
at Eastwick, a hamlet which now forms the civil parish of Eastwick and Gilston. The place name dates back to the Domesday Book
of 1086 when it was listed as Esteuuiche CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
and literally meant "east dwelling or dairy farm," having derived from the Old English words "east' + "wic." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
The Parish Church of St Mary dates from the 13th century. The surname is descended from the tenant
of the lands of Eastwick, held by Geoffrey de Bec a "great Baron" who was recorded in the Domesday Book
. Geoffrey's brother was the standard bearer at the Battle of Hastings.
Early History of the Astwich family
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Astwich 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 Eastwick, Eastwich, Estwick, Estwich, Eastick, Eastich and many more.
Early Notables of the Astwich family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Astwich family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Astwich or a variant listed above: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..