Bardwell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient history of the Bardwell name begins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the family resided in Suffolk, where the family name was originally derived from the village of Bardwell.

Early Origins of the Bardwell family

The surname Bardwell was first found in Suffolk, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Important Dates for the Bardwell family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bardwell research. Another 234 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1190, 1272, 1307, 1500 and 1637 are included under the topic Early Bardwell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Bardwell 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 Bardwell include Bardwell, Bardewell, Bardwelle, Berdwell, Berdewelle, Bardwill and many more.

Early Notables of the Bardwell family (pre 1700)

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Bardwell migration to the United States

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 Bardwell or a variant listed above:

Bardwell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • William Bardwell, who landed in Massachusetts in 1638 [1]
  • Robert Bardwell, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1670 [1]

Bardwell migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Bardwell Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • G. S. Bardwell who arrived in Ontario in 1837

Contemporary Notables of the name Bardwell (post 1700)

  • Elisabeth Miller Bardwell (1831-1899), American astronomer from Colrain, Massachusetts whose main area of study was meteor showers
  • Sherman Bardwell (1828-1900), American merchant and politician from Allegany County, New York
  • Tennyson Bardwell, American multiple award winning writer and director, known for his work on The Skeptic, Dorian Blues (2004) and The Skeptic (2009)
  • Robert Bardwell, known as "The Phantom of Jacobs Field," and American former organist for the Cleveland Indians
  • Thomas Bardwell (1704-1767), English portrait and figure painter, art copyist, and writer [2]
  • Leland Bardwell (1922-2016), Irish poet, novelist and playwright; born in India to Irish parents William Hone and Mary Collise, and moved to Ireland at the age of two
  • Hilary "Hilly" Ann Bardwell (1928-2010), the first wife of the noted English novelist, Sir Kingsley Amis (1922-1995)
  • John Alexander Bardwell, Canadian chemist and educator

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. ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 6 June 2019
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