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Otwell is an ancient Norman name that arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The name Otwell comes from the Norman given name of Ottiwell.

Otwell Early Origins



The surname Otwell 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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Otwell Spelling Variations


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Otwell Spelling Variations



A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Ottiwell, Ottewell, Ottawell, Ottowell, Ottiwill, Ottwell and many more.

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Otwell Early History


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Otwell Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Otwell research. Another 251 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 112 and 1120 are included under the topic Early Otwell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Otwell Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Otwell Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Otwell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Otwell or a variant listed above:

Otwell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Bridget Otwell, who settled in New York State in 1853

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Contemporary Notables of the name Otwell (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Otwell (post 1700)



  • David Otwell (b. 1956), the other half of an American singing duo made up of identical twin brothers
  • Roger Otwell (b. 1956), half of an American singing duo made up of identical twin brothers. They are best known as members of The Lawrence Welk Show from 1977-1982
  • Ronnie Ray Otwell, American Theatre Printing Executive, Georgia

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    2. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    3. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
    4. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
    5. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    6. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    7. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
    8. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    9. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    10. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
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    The Otwell Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Otwell Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 3 September 2014 at 16:07.

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