The origins of the Attewater name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. It comes from when the family 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 Attewater family
The surname Attewater was first found in Lincolnshire
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest
Early History of the Attewater family
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Attewater Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon
surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Attewater were recorded, including Attwater, Atwater, Attewater and others.
Early Notables of the Attewater family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Attewater family to the New World and Oceana
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Attewater family emigrate to North America: 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.