Early Origins of the Estwel family
The surname Estwel 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 Estwel family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Estwel research.Another 171 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1279, 1469 and 1550 are included under the topic Early Estwel History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Estwel Spelling Variations
A multitude of spelling variations
characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Eastell, Estwell, Eastwall, Estwall, Eastwel, Estwel, Easwell and many more.
Early Notables of the Estwel 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 Estwel Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Estwel family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families left England
, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Estwel 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..