Hentwistle History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The name Hentwistle is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when the family lived in Entwistle, a township in the parish of Bolton, Lancashire.
Early Origins of the Hentwistle family
The surname Hentwistle 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." 
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." 
Early History of the Hentwistle family
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Hentwistle Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Hentwistle are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Hentwistle include: Entwistle, Entwisell, Entwissell, Entwhistle and many more.
Early Notables of the Hentwistle family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hentwistle family
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Hentwistle or a variant listed above: James and Rose Entwhistle arrived in Philadelphia in 1830; James Entwisle arrived in New York in 1820; Isaac, John and James Entwisle arrived in Philadelphia in 1844.
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The Hentwistle Motto +
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Per ce signe a Agincourt
Motto Translation: Through this sign, we have Agincourt
- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.