The present generation of the Cantwile family is only the most recent to bear a name that dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. Their name comes from having 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 Cantwile family
The surname Cantwile 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 Cantwile family
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Cantwile Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Cantwile include Cantwall, Cantwell, Cantwel, Kantwell, Kentwell and many more.
Early Notables of the Cantwile family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Cantwile family to Ireland
Some of the Cantwile 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 Cantwile family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Cantwile were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: 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..