Cumberland. The place name comes from and Old English personal name Possel or Postel, combined with "thwaite," which means "a clearing."
Early Origins of the Posnett family
Cumberland, where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The family appear from ancient documents to have held lands in various parts of Cumberland from an early period. The original name came from Possel or Postel's clearing, a thwaite being a clearing. In time, the 'thwaite' was corrupted to 'white' and some of the family name still prefer this spelling.
Early History of the Posnett family
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Posnett Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Postlethwaite, Postelthwaite, Postel, Postell, Postels, Postells, Postill, Posselthwaite, Postlewhite, Postlethwait, Poslethwaite, Postlewaite, Poslethwait, Postillthwaite, Postilthwaite and many more.
Early Notables of the Posnett family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Posnett family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Posnett Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name Posnett (post 1700)
The Posnett Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Semper paratus
Motto Translation: Always prepared.
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