Entwistle History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The Entwistle name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. Their name comes from having lived in Entwistle, a township in the parish of Bolton, Lancashire.

Early Origins of the Entwistle family

The surname Entwistle was first found in Lancashire at Entwistle, a township, in the chapelry of Turton, parish and union of Bolton, hundred of Salford. "The township was anciently common land, belonging to the families of Blackburn and Entwistle. The latter family was long settled here, and Camden speaks of Entwistle Hall, in his time, as being "a neat and elegant mansion, the residence of noble proprietors of its own name.

"Sir Bertine Entwistle, knight, viscount, and Baron, of Bricqbec, in Normandy, a distinguished warrior in the reigns of Henry V. and VI., was among the heroes of Agincourt, and contributed by his zeal to the conquest of France. He was also engaged, on the side of the latter monarch, in the battle of St. Alban's, the first blow struck in the fatal quarrel between the houses of York and Lancaster, in 1455; and there unfortunately perished." [1]

Wardleworth in Lancashire was home to a branch of the family. "Foxholes, in the township, has long been the seat of the Entwistles, a distinguished Lancashire family, of whom was Sir Bertyne Entwistle, one of the heroes of Agincourt. The original mansion was built by Edmund Entwistle soon after the Reformation." [1]

Important Dates for the Entwistle family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Entwistle research. Another 96 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1550, 1582, 1574 and 1620 are included under the topic Early Entwistle History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Entwistle Spelling Variations

Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Entwistle has undergone many spelling variations, including Entwistle, Entwisell, Entwissell, Entwhistle and many more.

Early Notables of the Entwistle family (pre 1700)

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Entwistle migration to the United States

To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Entwistle were among those contributors:

Entwistle Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Isaac Entwistle, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 [2]
  • J Entwistle, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 [2]
  • W Entwistle, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 [2]
  • James, John, Joseph, Samuel, and Thomas Entwistle, who arrived in Philadelphia between 1843 and 1864
Entwistle Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Walter Entwistle, aged 25, who immigrated to the United States from Bury, England, in 1905
  • Andrew Entwistle, aged 25, who landed in America from Bolton, England, in 1907
  • Eli Entwistle, aged 32, who immigrated to the United States from Bolton, England, in 1909
  • Abigail Entwistle, aged 27, who immigrated to the United States from Blackpool, England, in 1910
  • Annie Ellen Entwistle, aged 47, who immigrated to the United States from London, England, in 1911
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Entwistle migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Entwistle Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Albert Lucas Entwistle, aged 33, who immigrated to Ottawa, Canada, in 1912
  • Harry Entwistle, aged 32, who settled in Woodstock, Canada, in 1915

Entwistle migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Entwistle Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Sarah Entwistle, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oliver Lang" in 1858

Contemporary Notables of the name Entwistle (post 1700)

  • John Alec Entwistle (1944-2002), English bass guitarist of The Who, probably the most influential bassist in rock music, inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1990)
  • James F. Entwistle (b. 1956), American diplomat, United States Ambassador to Nigeria from 2013 to 2016
  • Alan Entwistle (1949-1996), English-born scholar of the Hindi language, professor at the University of Washington
  • Thomas Entwistle, American politician, Member of New Hampshire State Senate 24th District, 1905-10
  • Ralph Entwistle, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Oneida County 1st District, 1912
  • James R. Entwistle, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 1888
  • George W. Entwistle, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Senate 40th District, 1949
  • Florence F. Entwistle, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Herkimer County, 1956
  • Wayne Peter Entwistle (b. 1958), English former professional footballer
  • Robert Entwistle (b. 1941), former English cricketer
  • ... (Another 11 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
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