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Early Origins of the Ledwell family

The surname Ledwell was first found in Oxfordshire, at Ledwell which dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086 [1] where it was listed as Ledewelle and literally meant "spring or stream called the loud one" having derived from the Old English words "hlyde" + "wella." [2] At the time of the Domesday Book, the lands were listed as lands of the King had enough land for one plough and was worth 20 shillings at that time. [1]

Early History of the Ledwell family

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Ledwell Spelling Variations

Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Ledwell, Leadwell, Lydwell, Leddwell, Ledwall, Leadwall, Leddell, Ledell and many more.

Early Notables of the Ledwell family (pre 1700)

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United States Ledwell migration to the United States +

Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Ledwell or a variant listed above:

Ledwell Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • F.O. Ledwell, who settled in America, in 1919
  • Harold P.E. Ledwell, who landed in America, in 1919

Canada Ledwell migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Ledwell Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Thomas Ledwell, aged 21, who settled in Argentia, Newfoundland, in 1923

Contemporary Notables of the name Ledwell (post 1700) +

  • Chief Thomas Ledwell, American former police chief for Frederick City Police Department, Maryland
  • Daniel Ledwell, Canadian record producer and multi-instrumentalist from Charlottetown, P.E.I.
  • George Ledwell Taylor (1788-1873), English architect and landowner who lived in London

  1. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4) on Facebook