Early Origins of the Easwell family
The surname Easwell 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 Easwell family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Easwell research.Another 171 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1279, 1469 and 1550 are included under the topic Early Easwell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Easwell Spelling Variations
Multitudes of spelling variations
are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans
introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Eastell, Estwell, Eastwall, Estwall, Eastwel, Estwel, Easwell and many more.
Early Notables of the Easwell 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 Easwell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Easwell family to the New World and Oceana
Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland
, North America, and Australia
in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England
. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Easwell or a variant listed above: 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..