Postle History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Postle surname is thought to derive from a place name, most likely from Postlewaite in the Parish of Millom, 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 Postle family

The surname Postle was first found in 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 Postle family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Postle research. Another 100 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1780, 1809, 1650 and 1713 are included under the topic Early Postle History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Postle 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 Postle family (pre 1700)

Another 36 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Postle Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Postle migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Postle Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Alice Postle, aged 26, who immigrated to the United States from Norfolk, in 1894
  • Charles E. Postle, aged 22, who landed in America, in 1894
Postle Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Arthur Postle, aged 28, who settled in America from London England, in 1908
  • Nellie Postle, aged 26, who immigrated to the United States from Norwich, England, in 1908
  • Carl Postle, aged 29, who immigrated to the United States, in 1910
  • Robert William Postle, aged 20, who landed in America from Pickering, England, in 1913
  • William Postle, aged 29, who settled in America, in 1920
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Postle (post 1700) +

  • Oliver Hambleton Postle (1851-1900), American architect from Chicago, father of Joy Postle
  • Katherine Joy Postle (1896-1989), American pioneering environmental artist, born in Chicago, most of her work was in Florida
  • Matthew Postle (b. 1970), Welsh racing cyclist from Newport
  • Herbert Thomas Postle (1884-1961), Australian politician and educator
  • Dr. Martin Postle, British curator and author, Assistant Director of the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, London, Fellow to the Society for Antiquaries of London (2008)


The Postle 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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