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The name Attwell is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when the 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.

Attwell Early Origins



The surname Attwell 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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Attwell Spelling Variations


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Attwell 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 Attwell 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. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Attwell include: Attwill, Attwell, Atwill, Atwell, Atthill, Athill, Atwool, Attwel and many more.

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Attwell Early History


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Attwell Early History



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

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Attwell Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Attwell Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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The Great Migration


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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 Attwell or a variant listed above:

Attwell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Benjamin Attwell, who settled in New London in Massachusetts in 1638
  • Ann Attwell, who came to Maryland in 1661
  • Mary Attwell, sent to Nevis as a servant from Bristol in 1661
  • Christian Attwell, who arrived in Maryland in 1663
  • Abigail Attwell, who landed in Maryland in 1663
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Attwell Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Richard Attwell, who arrived in America in 1759

Attwell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James Attwell, who arrived in New York in 1827

Attwell Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • James Attwell, aged 32, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Macedon"
  • Sarah Attwell, aged 15, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Macedon"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Attwell (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Attwell (post 1700)



  • Robert Allan Attwell (b. 1959), retired American professional ice hockey player
  • Michael John Attwell (b. 1943), English actor, best known for his role as Kenny Beale in the television soap opera EastEnders, honoured at the British Academy Television Awards in 2006
  • Jamie Wayne Attwell (b. 1982), English football goalkeeper
  • Frederick Reginald "Reg" Attwell (1920-1986), English professional association football player
  • Stuart Steven Attwell (b. 1982), English professional football referee
  • Mabel Lucie Attwell (1879-1964), British children's illustrator
  • Ronald Allan Attwell (b. 1935), retired Canadian professional ice hockey player

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
    2. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    3. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    4. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. 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. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    7. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    8. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
    9. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    10. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
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    The Attwell Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Attwell 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 16 September 2015 at 08:29.

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