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The name Atwell first arose amongst the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is derived from their having 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.

Atwell Early Origins



The surname Atwell 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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Atwell Spelling Variations


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Atwell Spelling Variations



One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Atwell has appeared include Attwill, Attwell, Atwill, Atwell, Atthill, Athill, Atwool, Attwel and many more.

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Atwell Early History


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Atwell Early History



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

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Atwell Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Atwell Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 23 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Atwell 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



At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Atwell arrived in North America very early:

Atwell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Israeli Atwell, who landed in Virginia in 1635
  • Nicholas Atwell, who arrived in Virginia in 1637
  • Katherin Atwell, who arrived in Virginia in 1638
  • Symon Atwell, who arrived in Virginia in 1648
  • Mary Atwell, who landed in Virginia in 1649
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Atwell Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Henry Atwell, who arrived in Virginia in 1713

Atwell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Atwell, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1840
  • O Atwell, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851

Atwell Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Charles Atwell, aged 29, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "John Banks"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Atwell (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Atwell (post 1700)



  • Roy Atwell (1878-1962), American actor, comedian, and composer
  • William Hawley Atwell (1869-1961), American Republican politician, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas, 1898-1913; Candidate for Governor of Texas, 1920; U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Texas, 1923-54
  • Samuel Y. Atwell, American politician, Speaker of the Rhode Island State House of Representatives, 1836-37
  • Ross Atwell, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1956
  • Jesse Atwell, American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Durham, 1830
  • J. O. Atwell, American politician, Mayor of Paris, Texas, 1952
  • Harry Hurd Atwell (b. 1877), American Democrat politician, Washtenaw County Surveyor, 1921-30; Washtenaw County Clerk, 1933-34
  • Gertrude Duncombe Atwell (1876-1941), American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Iowa, 1928, 1936, 1940
  • George J. Atwell, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1936, 1940, 1944
  • A. J. Atwell, American politician, Member of California State Assembly 4th District, 1883-85
  • ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Atwell Historic Events


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Atwell Historic Events




Empress of Ireland

  • Major George Ernest Stephen Atwell (1872-1914), Canadian Second Class Passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada who survived the sinking on the Empress of Ireland on May 29th 1914
  • Mrs. Hattie Eva Atwell (1870-1914), née Frink Canadian Second Class Passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada who survived the sinking on the Empress of Ireland on May 29th 1914

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    2. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    3. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    4. 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.
    5. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    6. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    7. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    8. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    9. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    10. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    11. ...

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