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The Anglo-Saxon name Attwater comes from when the family resided near water. This name is derived from the medieval preposition atte, which means near or at and the word waeter, which means water.

Attwater Early Origins



The surname Attwater was first found in Lincolnshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest in 1066.

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Attwater Spelling Variations


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Attwater Spelling Variations



The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Attwater has been recorded under many different variations, including Attwater, Atwater, Attewater and others.

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Attwater Early History


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Attwater Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Attwater research. Another 149 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1514 and 1521 are included under the topic Early Attwater History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Attwater Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Attwater Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Attwater Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Attwater or a variant listed above:

Attwater Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Joshua Attwater who settled in New Haven, Conn. in 1620

Attwater Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Margaret Attwater who settled in New York State in 1725

Attwater Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Matthew Attwater, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1852

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Contemporary Notables of the name Attwater (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Attwater (post 1700)



  • Russell Attwater, American politician, Member of New York State Senate, 1812-16
  • Samuel "Sam" Attwater (b. 1986), English actor and singer best known for his role in the British soap opera EastEnders
  • Dr. John Spencer Attwater, American Internist from Georgia

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    2. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    3. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    4. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    5. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    6. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    7. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    8. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    9. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    10. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    11. ...

    The Attwater Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Attwater 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.

    This page was last modified on 10 November 2015 at 10:13.

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