Attwil is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon
origin and comes from the family once having 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 Attwil family
The surname Attwil was first found in Lincolnshire
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest
Early History of the Attwil family
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Attwil Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Attwil family name include Attwater, Atwater, Attewater and others.
Early Notables of the Attwil family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Attwil family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Attwil surname or a spelling variation of the name include: 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.