The ancestry of the name Attewil dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. 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 Attewil family
The surname Attewil was first found in Lincolnshire
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest
Early History of the Attewil family
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Attewil Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Attewil have been found, including Attwater, Atwater, Attewater and others.
Early Notables of the Attewil family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Attewil family to the New World and Oceana
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England
. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England
, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Attewil, or a variant listed above: 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.