Barwell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Barwell is a name that first reached England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Barwell family lived in Leicestershire in the midlands of England. A parish in this area bears the name Barwellwith a population today of about 6,300. The family derives their name from this location. The name Barwell is composed of the Old English elements bar, meaning wild boar, and well, which means well or stream.
Early Origins of the Barwell family
The surname Barwell was first found in Leicestershire in the midlands of England where they held a family seat soon after the Norman Conquest by Duke William of Normandy in 1066 A.D. The Barwells or Barwicks were originally from Berville in Normandy where they held many knight's fees, and estates.
Early History of the Barwell family
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Barwell Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Barwell are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Barwell include Barwell, Barwick, Berwell, Barwel, Berwel, Berwelle and many more.
Early Notables of the Barwell family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Barwell family to Ireland
Some of the Barwell family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Barwell, or a variant listed above:
Barwell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Barwell Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Barwell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Barwell Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:
Barwell Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century