name Horwell comes from the family having resided in the parish of Hartwell, found in a number of locations including the dioceses of Oxford and Peterborough, as well as the county of Berkshire.
Early Origins of the Horwell family
The surname Horwell was first found in Northamptonshire where Hartwell is a village and civil parish bordering Buckinghamshire
. The village was listed as Herdeuuelle and Hertewelle in the Domesday Book CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
having been derived from the Old English words heort + wella which meant "spring or stream frequented by deer" CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Hartwell is also a village in central Buckinghamshire
, south of Aylesbury, by the village of Stone but this later reference was later. Hartwell House is a country house in the village of Hartwell, Buckinghamshire
built in the early 17th century. Today the house is owned by the Ernest Cook Trust and is leased to the National Trust.
Early History of the Horwell family
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Horwell Spelling Variations
Horwell has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Spelling variants included: Hartwell, Harwell, Hartswell, Hardwell and others.
Early Notables of the Horwell family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Horwell family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Horwells to arrive on North American shores: Edward Hartwell, who arrived in Virginia in 1638; Jane Hartwell, who also came to Virginia in 1655; Francis Hartwell, who settled in Jamaica in 1686; John Harwell, who arrived in Virginia in 1635.
The Horwell 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: Sorte sua contentus
Motto Translation: Content with his lot.