The name Kantwell is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It is a product of when the family lived in Kentwell
, in the county of Suffolk
. Kentwell dates back to the Domesday Book
where it was listed as Kanewella, part of the lands held by Frodo, the Abbot's Brother. "Aelfgar held Kentwell freely under Siward of Maldon as a manor with 2 carucates of land with Soke. There were thereon at that time 7 villans, and afterwards, and now 4 villans." CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
Today, Kentwell Hall is a stately home in Long Melford, Suffolk
and is used for numerous film and television productions, However, it does date back to presumably the manor mentioned in the Domesday Book
but in a very different form. Kentwell Hall was owned later by Galleus from 1145 to 1148. In the early 13th century, records show that Sir Gilbert de Kentewell held the manor, but by 1252 had been granted by King Henry III to Sir William de Valence.
Early Origins of the Kantwell family
The surname Kantwell was first found in Suffolk
where the earliest records were in the year 1273 when Gilbert de Kentwelle was listed in the Hundredorum Rolls
. This is presumed to be the senior line of the family name but they held a family seat
there from a very early date, probably the 10th century.
Early History of the Kantwell family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kantwell research.Another 57 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1500, 1406, 1452 and 1319 are included under the topic Early Kantwell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Kantwell Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Kantwell has been spelled many different ways, including Cantwall, Cantwell, Cantwel, Kantwell, Kentwell and many more.
Early Notables of the Kantwell family (pre 1700)
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and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Kantwell family to Ireland
Some of the Kantwell family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 359 words (26 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 Kantwell family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Kantwells to arrive in North America: John Cantwell settled in Virginia in 1623; Mary Cantwell settled in Pennsylvania in 1685; Edward, Joseph, Leonard, Mathias, Michael, and Patrick all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1870..