The name Cantrill was brought to England
in the wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Cantrill family lived in Lancashire
. The family descend from a Norman noble who arrived from the area of Chantarel, Normandy
with the 1066 invasion. The name is possibly derived from the Old French word chanterelle,
which translates in English to a small bell.
Early Origins of the Cantrill family
The surname Cantrill was first found in Lancashire
where they held a family seat
from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy
, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Cantrill family
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Cantrill Spelling Variations
Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Cantrell, Cantrel, Cantrill, Cantril, Chantrell and many more.
Early Notables of the Cantrill family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Cantrill family to Ireland
Some of the Cantrill family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 45 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Cantrill family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World 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 stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Cantrill or a variant listed above:
Cantrill Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- William Cantrill who settled in Virginia in 1608, twelve years before the "Mayflower," was descended from Humphrey Cantrill from Woodley Wokingham
Contemporary Notables of the name Cantrill (post 1700)
- James Edwards Cantrill (1839-1908), American Captain in the Confederate States Army Cavalry, Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky (1879-1883)
- James Campbell Cantrill (1870-1923), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Kentucky (1909-1923)
- Andrew Cantrill, British-born organist and choral director, active in New Zealand and the United States, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts
- Corinne Cantrill AM (b. 1928), Australian filmmaker, academic, composer and author who works with her husband Arthur
- Arthur Cantrill AM (b. 1938), Australian filmmaker, academic, composer and author who works with his wife Corinne
Historic Events for the Cantrill family
- Mr. Joshua Cantrill (b. 1919), English Stoker Petty Officer serving for the Royal Navy from Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking CITATION[CLOSE]
H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
The Cantrill 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: Propio vos sanguine pasco
Motto Translation: I feed you with kindred blood.