The name Barkwell was brought to England
in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Barkwell family lived in the town of Barkwith
, in the county of Lincolnshire.
Early Origins of the Barkwell family
The surname Barkwell was first found in Lincolnshire
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Barkwell family
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Barkwell Spelling Variations
Endless spelling variations
are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Barksworth, Backwith, Backworth, Barkworth, Barkwith, Barkworse and many more.
Early Notables of the Barkwell family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Barkwell family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious persecution within England
at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Barkwell or a variant listed above:
Barkwell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- James Hooks Barkwell, who landed in Arkansas in 1897 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)
Barkwell Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- William Barkwell, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Abberton" in 1846 CITATION[CLOSE]
State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ABBERTON 1846. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1846Abberton.htm
The Barkwell Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Esto quod esse videris
Motto Translation: Be what you seem to be.