Goldwell is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon
origin and comes from the family once having lived in the region of Goldwell in Horndon on the Hills. The surname Goldwell is a topographic
surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation
names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
Early Origins of the Goldwell family
The surname Goldwell was first found in Norfolk
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Goldwell family
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Goldwell Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Goldwell family name include Goldwell, Gouldwell and others.
Early Notables of the Goldwell family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Goldwell family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Goldwell surname or a spelling variation of the name include:
Goldwell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Ann Goldwell who settled in Virginia in 1635