The Atewater name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. Their name comes from having lived near water.
This name is derived from the medieval preposition atte,
which means near
and the word waeter,
which means water.
Early Origins of the Atewater family
The surname Atewater was first found in Lincolnshire
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest
Early History of the Atewater family
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Atewater Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Atewater has undergone many spelling variations
, including Attwater, Atwater, Attewater and others.
Early Notables of the Atewater family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Atewater family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the unstable social climate in England
of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Atewater were among those contributors: Joshua Attwater who settled in New Haven, Conn. in 1620; Margaret Attwater who settled in New York State in 1725; Matthew Attwater, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1852.