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The name Bywater is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when the family lived on the waterfront. The name means "dweller by the water," and refers to residence near a river, lake, or coast.

Bywater Early Origins



The surname Bywater was first found in West Yorkshire at Allerton Bywater, a semi-rural village and civil parish in the south-east of City of Leeds. Today Allerton Bywater is made up of old mining villages including: Brigshaw, Hollinhurst and Bowers Row and is famous for its Allerton pottery. Looking back into history, the village dates back to the Domesday Book where it was listed as Alretune, but by 1430, the village was listed as "Allerton by ye water." The "water" reference is the River Aire. Allerton literally means "farmstead or village where alder-trees grow" from the Old English words alor + tun. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

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Bywater Spelling Variations


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Bywater Spelling Variations



It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Bywater are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. 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. The variations of the name Bywater include: Bywater, Biwater, Byewater, Bithewater, Bipewatere, Beyewatyr, Bythewater, Bethewater and many more.

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Bywater Early History


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Bywater Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bywater research. Another 465 words (33 lines of text) covering the years 1219, 1279, 1327, 1379, 1500, 1597 and 1666 are included under the topic Early Bywater History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bywater Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bywater Early Notables (pre 1700)



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The Great Migration



Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North Ameri ca. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Bywater or a variant listed above:

Bywater Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Nathaniel Bywater, who arrived in Maryland in 1665
  • Gervas Bywater, who landed in New Jersey in 1675
  • Gervase Bywater, who arrived in New Jersey in 1675
  • G. Bywater who arrived in New Jersey in 1675

Bywater Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Michael Bywater, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1857
  • Christina Bywater, aged 55, landed in New York in 1864
  • David Bywater, aged 20, arrived in New York in 1864
  • Geo G Bywater, aged 36, landed in New York in 1864
  • George Bywater, aged 59, arrived in New York in 1864
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Bywater Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Selwyn Bywater, aged 26, who arrived in America from London, England, in 1903
  • Susan Bywater, aged 43, who arrived in America from Leeds, England, in 1907
  • James Wm. Bywater, aged 28, who arrived in America from Newport, England, in 1907
  • Arthur Bywater, aged 21, who arrived in America from Danetty, Wales, in 1907
  • Herbert Bywater, aged 36, who arrived in America from Huntingdon, England, in 1908
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Bywater Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Evelyn Beatrice Bywater, aged 4, who arrived in Winnipeg, Canada, in 1920
  • Olive Gertrude Bywater, aged 30, who arrived in Winnipeg, Canada, in 1920
  • William Bywater, aged 35, who arrived in Winnipeg, Canada, in 1920

Bywater Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Bywater, aged 32, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Sultana"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Bywater (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Bywater (post 1700)



  • Harriet "Hetti" Bywater (b. 1994), English actress, best known for playing Lucy Beale in the BBC soap opera EastEnders
  • Stephen Bywater (b. 1981), English footballer who has played since 1997, member of the England U21 National Team (2001-2003)
  • Ingram Bywater (1840-1914), prominent English classical scholar
  • Hector Charles Bywater (1884-1940), British journalist and military writer
  • Jim Bywater, British actor, best known for his role as Wilf Starkey on Coronation Street in 1985
  • Ronald Charles Eric "Ron" Bywater (1919-1974), Australian rules footballer who played from 1942 to 1950
  • Terrance "Terry" Bywater (b. 1983), British two-time bronze medalist wheelchair basketball player at the Paralympic Games (2004 and 2008)
  • Richard Arthur Samuel Bywater GC (1913-2005), British civilian awarded the George Cross and George Medal, one of only eight people to have been awarded both medals, and the only civilian
  • Michael Bywater (b. 1953), British writer and broadcaster
  • Thomas Bywater, Emeritus Professor of Agriculture at the University of Leeds

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

Other References

  1. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  2. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  3. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  4. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  5. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  6. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  7. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  9. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  10. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
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The Bywater Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bywater 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.

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