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Otiwell is a name that came to England in the 11th century wave of migration that was set off by the Norman Conquest of 1066. Otiwell comes from the Norman given name of Ottiwell.

Early Origins of the Otiwell family


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

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Early History of the Otiwell family

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Early History of the Otiwell family


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Otiwell Spelling Variations

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Otiwell 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 Otiwell include Ottiwell, Ottewell, Ottawell, Ottowell, Ottiwill, Ottwell and many more.

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Early Notables of the Otiwell family (pre 1700)

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Early Notables of the Otiwell family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Otiwell family to the New World and Oceana

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Migration of the Otiwell family to the New World and Oceana


In England 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 Otiwells to arrive on North American shores: 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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