Early Origins of the Estwall family
The surname Estwall 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 Estwall family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Estwall research.Another 171 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1279, 1469 and 1550 are included under the topic Early Estwall History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Estwall Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations
. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Eastell, Estwell, Eastwall, Estwall, Eastwel, Estwel, Easwell and many more.
Early Notables of the Estwall 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 Estwall Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Estwall family to the New World and Oceana
Because of the political and religious discontent in England
, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Estwall name or one of its variants: 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..