The ancestors of the name Certmil date back to the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Certmil family lived in or near the village of Cartmel
in the county of Lancashire
(now part of Cumbria.) CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Thus, Certmil is a habitation
surname which is derived from the name of a place. Like most English local
surnames, the name Certmil was originally preceded by a preposition such as de.
However, the preposition had usually been dropped from the name by the end of the 14th century. "The Staffordshire
variants of this surname seem to have come from North Lancashire
via Cheshire." CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
One source notes: "Cartmell was the name of four tenants in Garstang in the reign of James I." CITATION[CLOSE]
Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
And another sources adds this anecdote: "The signification of this name apparently has reference to the famous passage - at low water - across the Leven sands. The guides over the sands are, or were, called carters, passengers generally being conveyed in carts." CITATION[CLOSE]
Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
Early Origins of the Certmil family
The surname Certmil was first found in Lancashire
, at Cartmel, a parish, in the union of Ulverston, hundred
of Lonsdale north of the Sands. "This place, which is supposed to have derived its name from the British words Kert, a camp, and mell, a fell, or small mountain, according to Camden was given to St. Cuthbert, in 677, by Egfrid, King of Northumbria, with all the Britons
inhabiting it. In 782, Ethelred, upon his restoration to the throne of that kingdom, allured from their sanctuary at York the sons of Alfwold, who had been advanced to the crown upon his expulsion, and put them to death at Cartmel. In 1188, William Mareschall, Earl of Pembroke, founded a priory for Regular canons of the order of St. Augustine, dedicated to the Blessed Virgin, and endowed it with all his lands at 'Kertmell,' " CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Now a village in Cumbria
, it has more recently become known as the "home of sticky toffee pudding."
Early History of the Certmil family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Certmil research.Another 183 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1300, 1378, 1578, 1681, 1748, 1701, 1648, 1673 and are included under the topic Early Certmil History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Certmil 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 Certmil 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. The variations of the name Certmil include: Cartmill, Cartmills, Cartmell, Cartmells, Kertmell, Cartmele, Cartmail, Kartmill, Kartmell, Certmill, Cartnell and many more.
Early Notables of the Certmil family (pre 1700)
More information is included under the topic Early Certmil Notables in all our PDF Extended History products
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Migration of the Certmil family to Ireland
Some of the Certmil family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 148 words (11 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 Certmil family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. 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 Certmil or a variant listed above: the Cartmell family, who settled in Sangamon County, Illinois in 1730; Thomas Cartmill, who was naturalized in New York in 1831; Neal Carmel, who was naturalized in Philadelphia in 1841.