The name Cantwal is an old Anglo-Saxon
name. It comes from when a family lived in Kentwell
, in the county of Suffolk
. Kentwell dates back to the Domesday Book
where it was listed as Kanewella, part of the lands held by Frodo, the Abbot's Brother. "Aelfgar held Kentwell freely under Siward of Maldon as a manor with 2 carucates of land with Soke. There were thereon at that time 7 villans, and afterwards, and now 4 villans." CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
Today, Kentwell Hall is a stately home in Long Melford, Suffolk
and is used for numerous film and television productions, However, it does date back to presumably the manor mentioned in the Domesday Book
but in a very different form. Kentwell Hall was owned later by Galleus from 1145 to 1148. In the early 13th century, records show that Sir Gilbert de Kentewell held the manor, but by 1252 had been granted by King Henry III to Sir William de Valence.
Early Origins of the Cantwal family
The surname Cantwal was first found in Suffolk
where the earliest records were in the year 1273 when Gilbert de Kentwelle was listed in the Hundredorum Rolls
. This is presumed to be the senior line of the family name but they held a family seat
there from a very early date, probably the 10th century.
Early History of the Cantwal family
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Cantwal Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon
surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Cantwal were recorded, including Cantwall, Cantwell, Cantwel, Kantwell, Kentwell and many more.
Early Notables of the Cantwal family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Cantwal family to Ireland
Some of the Cantwal family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 359 words (26 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 Cantwal family to the New World and Oceana
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Cantwal family emigrate to North America: John Cantwell settled in Virginia in 1623; Mary Cantwell settled in Pennsylvania in 1685; Edward, Joseph, Leonard, Mathias, Michael, and Patrick all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1870..