name Atewil comes from the family having resided 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 Atewil family
The surname Atewil was first found in Lincolnshire
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest
Early History of the Atewil family
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Atewil Spelling Variations
Atewil has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Spelling variants included: Attwater, Atwater, Attewater and others.
Early Notables of the Atewil family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Atewil family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Atewils to arrive on North American shores: 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.