Today's generation of the Hunketell family bears a name that was brought to England
by the migration wave that was started by the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Hunketell family lived in Anctiville, Normandy
, in the diocese of Coutances. The Hunketell family migrated to England
in the 11th century, settling in the county of Dorset.
Early Origins of the Hunketell family
The surname Hunketell was first found in the county of Dorset
, in England
, but for earlier origins the family can be traced to Tebotvilla in Normandy
, where their territories were known as Weedon Beck. They accompanied Duke William of Normandy
in 1066 and were granted lands in Dorset.
Early History of the Hunketell family
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Hunketell Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Hunketell include Anketill, Ankatell, Anketil, Ankatel, Anchetill, Anchetell and many more.
Early Notables of the Hunketell family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hunketell family to Ireland
Some of the Hunketell family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 151 words (11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Hunketell family to the New World and Oceana
at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Hunketells to arrive on North American shores: Henry Anketell who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1844; Edward Anketall settled in the same city in 1851. The spelling Antle is found to have arrived in Newfoundland, in the early 1700's and have settled now in the areas of Victoria, St. John's, Fox Cove and Botwood..
The Hunketell 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: Vade ad formicam
Motto Translation: Go to the ant.