Early Origins of the Eastwell family
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) The local 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 Eastwell family
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Eastwell Spelling Variations
spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Eastwell has been recorded under many different variations, including Eastell, Estwell, Eastwall, Estwall, Eastwel, Estwel, Easwell and many more.
Early Notables of the Eastwell family (pre 1700)
England. As a child he was visitied four times a year by a mysterious gentleman who paid for...
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Migration of the Eastwell family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Eastwells were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America: 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..
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