Early Origins of the Eastwel family
The surname Eastwel was first found in Kent
at Eastwell, a small hamlet and civil parish in the Borough of Ashford that dates back to the Domesday Book
of 1086 when it was listed as Estwelle. CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
The place name literally means "eastern spring or stream," from the Old English "east" + "wic." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
St Mary's Church is an ancient structure, completely restored and beautified by the Earl of Winchilsea, in 1844. It contains a tomb in memory of Richard Plantagenet, son of King Richard III, and who, having fled there after the Battle of Bosworth, was protected by Sir Thomas Moyle, lord of the manor. Today the church is in ruin and is designated by English Heritage as a Grade II listed building. The surname is descended from the tenant
of the village and lands of Eastwell, held by Norman Baron
Hugh de Montfort, who was recorded in the Domesday Book.
Early History of the Eastwel family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Eastwel research.Another 171 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1279, 1469 and 1550 are included under the topic Early Eastwel History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Eastwel Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. When the Normans
became the ruling people of England
in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Eastell, Estwell, Eastwall, Estwall, Eastwel, Estwel, Easwell and many more.
Early Notables of the Eastwel family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Richard Plantagenet or Richard of Eastwell (? 1469-1550) a reclusive bricklayer who claimed to be a son of Richard III, the last Plantagenet King of England
. As a child he was visitied four times a year by a mysterious gentleman who paid for... Another 57 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Eastwel Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Eastwel family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England
. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Eastwel or a variant listed above were: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..