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Otewell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Otewell is a name that was brought to England by the ancestors of the Otewell family when they emigrated following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The name Otewell comes from the Norman given name of Ottiwell.

Early Origins of the Otewell family

The surname Otewell was first found in Cheshire where they held a family seat after the Norman Conquest of England in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Otewell family

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Otewell Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Otewell were recorded, including Ottiwell, Ottewell, Ottawell, Ottowell, Ottiwill, Ottwell and many more.

Early Notables of the Otewell family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Otewell family to the New World and Oceana

The unstable environment in England at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland, Australia, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Otewell arrived in North America very early: Thomas Ottawell who arrived in Virginia in 1623; Thomas Ottowell, who came to Virginia in 1624; George Ottawell, who settled in Maryland in 1754; and Bridget Otwell, who settled in New York State in 1853..

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