The ancient Anglo-Saxon
surname Axtill came from the given name Asketillus,
which is composed of the elements óss
which means god
which means kettle
or sacrificial cauldron
in the Old Norse. This name predates the Norman Conquest
in 1066, and would have been given to one who oversaw the sacrificial rites of pre-Christian England
. The surname, then, signifies "the son or descendant of Asketill".
Early Origins of the Axtill family
The surname Axtill was first found in Norfolk
, where the family held a family seat.
Early History of the Axtill family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Axtill research.Another 235 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1101, 1125, 1200, 1205, 1273, 1683, 1686, 1690, 1785, 1361, 1391, 1622, 1660 and 1649 are included under the topic Early Axtill History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Axtill 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 Axtill family name include Axtell, Axstell, Axtel, Axstel, Axtill, Axstill, Axtil, Axstil, Axell, Axill, Akstell, Akstill, Ashkettle, Askettle, Asketell, Asketel, Asketill, Asketil and many more.
Early Notables of the Axtill family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Simon Asketel, the rector of Boyton, Norfolk
in 1361; Roger Asketil, the rector of Randworth, Norfolk
in 1391; and Colonel... Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Axtill Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Axtill family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, the Canadas, 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 Axtill surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Tho Axstell, age 35; who settled in Virginia in 1635; Nathaniel Axtell, who arrived in New Haven, Connecticut, in 1639; Henry Axtell, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1660.