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The name Atwill has a long Anglo-Saxon heritage. The name comes from when a 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.

Atwill Early Origins



The surname Atwill 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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Atwill Spelling Variations


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Atwill Spelling Variations



Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Atwill have been found, including Attwill, Attwell, Atwill, Atwell, Atthill, Athill, Atwool, Attwel and many more.

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Atwill Early History


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Atwill Early History



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

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Atwill Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Atwill Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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The Great Migration



Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Atwill, or a variant listed above:

Atwill Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Atwill, who arrived in Maine in 1635
  • Nicholas Atwill, who landed in Virginia in 1635
  • Nichols Atwill, who arrived in Virginia in 1635

Atwill Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Richard Atwill, aged 46, landed in New York in 1812

Atwill Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Henry Atwill arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Forfarshire" in 1848

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Contemporary Notables of the name Atwill (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Atwill (post 1700)



  • Floyd Atwill, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for Ohio auditor of state, 1924

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    2. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    3. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    4. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    5. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    6. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    7. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    8. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    9. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    10. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
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    The Atwill Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Atwill 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 10 November 2015 at 10:13.

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