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The ancestors of the bearers of the Atwater family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England. They were first found near water. This name is derived from the medieval preposition atte, which means near or at and the word waeter, which means water.

Atwater Early Origins



The surname Atwater 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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Atwater Spelling Variations


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Atwater Spelling Variations



Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Atwater include Attwater, Atwater, Attewater and others.

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Atwater Early History


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Atwater Early History



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

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Atwater Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Atwater Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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The Great Migration



Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Atwater or a variant listed above:

Atwater Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • David Atwater (1615-1692), who sailed aboard the Hector arriving in Boston in 1637, one of the first of the New Haven Colony who was sworn a freeman of the United Colony
  • David Atwater, who landed in New Haven, Connecticut in 1638 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Ann Atwater, who arrived in New Haven, CT in 1638
  • Joshua Atwater, who arrived in New Haven, Connecticut in 1645 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Joshua Atwater, who settled in Connecticut in 1658

Atwater Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Stephen Atwater, aged 32, who landed in New Haven, Connecticut in 1829 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • A Atwater, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • C A Atwater, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1875 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

Atwater Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. William Atwater, U.E., United Empire Loyalist, who settled in Canada c. 1783 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

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Contemporary Notables of the name Atwater (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Atwater (post 1700)



  • Edwin B. Atwater, American Republican politician, Independent Republican Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Hamden, 1904
  • Edward S. Atwater, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York state comptroller, 1900
  • Edgar Atwater (1812-1850), American politician, Member of Connecticut State Senate 6th District, 1840
  • Dorence Atwater, American politician, U.S. Consul in Tahiti, 1884
  • Clifford J. Atwater (b. 1858), American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives, 1898-1900
  • Charles Atwater Jr., American politician, Member of Connecticut State Senate 4th District, 1862
  • A. T. Atwater (b. 1873), American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Georgia, 1916, 1920, 1924, 1932, 1948
  • A. Atwater, American politician, Burgess of McKeesport, Pennsylvania, 1853
  • Elijah Atwater, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Tompkins County, 1830
  • Francis Atwater (1858-1935), American Democrat politician, Member of Connecticut State Senate 13th District, 1907-08
  • ... (Another 26 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations



  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

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. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  3. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  4. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  5. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  6. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  7. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  8. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  9. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
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The Atwater Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Atwater 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.

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