Ottiwill is a name that first reached England
following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. It comes from the Norman given name of Ottiwell
Early Origins of the Ottiwill family
The surname Ottiwill was first found in Cheshire
where they held a family seat
after the Norman Conquest
in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Ottiwill family
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Ottiwill Spelling Variations
Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Ottiwill family name include Ottiwell, Ottewell, Ottawell, Ottowell, Ottiwill, Ottwell and many more.
Early Notables of the Ottiwill family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ottiwill family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Ottiwill family to immigrate North America: 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..