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The ancestors of the name Attewell date back to the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Attewell family lived in southeastern England mainly in the counties of Oxfordshire and Cambridgeshire where they were found since the early Middle Ages. The name is toponymic; that is, it is descriptive of the place where the original bearer lived. Literally the name is derived from the Old English atwell, meaning dweller at the well.

Attewell Early Origins



The surname Attewell was first found in south eastern England mainly in the counties of Oxfordshire and Cambridgeshire where they held a family seat for many, many centuries. They are recorded as possessing estates before the advent of the Norman Conquest in 1066 A.D. but many of them were lost to their Norman overlords by forfeit. The Eatwell variant is thought to be related to a Hugo de Hetewelle, listed in 1187 in the Pipe Rolls for Derbyshire.

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Attewell Spelling Variations


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Attewell Spelling Variations



It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Attewell are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Attewell include: Attwill, Attwell, Atwill, Atwell, Atthill, Athill, Atwool, Attwel and many more.

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Attewell Early History


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Attewell Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Attewell research. Another 240 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1258, 1495, 1499, and 1621 are included under the topic Early Attewell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Attewell Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Attewell Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 23 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Attewell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North Ameri ca. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Attewell or a variant listed above:

Attewell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Francis Attewell, who landed in America in 1811

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Contemporary Notables of the name Attewell (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Attewell (post 1700)



  • William "Dick" Attewell (1861-1927), English cricketer who played for Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club
  • Len Attewell (1895-1983), Welsh international rugby union player
  • Humphrey Cooper Attewell (1894-1972), British trade unionist and politician, Member of Parliament for Harborough (1945-1950)
  • Bill Attewell (b. 1932), former Canadian politician, Member of the Canadian Parliament for Markham (1988-1993) and for Don Halley East (1984-1988)

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    2. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    3. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    4. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    5. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    6. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    7. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    8. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    9. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    10. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
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    The Attewell Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Attewell Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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