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Early Origins of the Attworth family

The surname Attworth was first found in Wiltshire at Atworth, a tything and chapelry, in the parish of Great Bradford, union and hundred of Bradford that dates back to 1001 when it was listed as Attenwrthe. The place name literally means "enclosure or a man called Atta," from the Old English personal name + "worth." [1] An ancient Roman villa was located here and is one of six within approximately a three-mile radius. As far as the surname is concerned, the first records were found on the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 where Geoffery de Attewurth and William de Attewurthe were both listed in Wiltshire. [2]

Early History of the Attworth family

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Attworth 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. Attworth has been recorded under many different variations, including Atworth, Attworth, Attworthy, Atworthe, Atworthy, Atworthy, Atteworth and many more.

Early Notables of the Attworth family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Attworth family

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 Attworth or a variant listed above: H. G. Atworthy, aged 27, who arrived at Ellis Island, in 1921.

  1. Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6) on Facebook