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The roots of the Anglo-Saxon name Cantwell come from when the family resided 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."  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.
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Cantwell has been recorded under many different variations, including Cantwall, Cantwell, Cantwel, Kantwell, Kentwell and many more.
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.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cantwell research. Another 57 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1500, 1406, 1452 and 1319 are included under the topic Early Cantwell History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Cantwell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Cantwell 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.
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Cantwell or a variant listed above:
Cantwell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Cantwell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Cantwell Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
Cantwell Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
Cantwell Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
Cantwell Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
The Cantwell Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cantwell 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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