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The Postlethwaite 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."

Postlethwaite Early Origins



The surname Postlethwaite 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.

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Postlethwaite Spelling Variations


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Postlethwaite 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.

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Postlethwaite Early History


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Postlethwaite Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Postlethwaite research. Another 180 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1780 and 1809 are included under the topic Early Postlethwaite History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Postlethwaite Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Postlethwaite Early Notables (pre 1700)



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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Postlethwaite Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Hugh W. Postlethwaite, aged 38, who emigrated to the United States from London, in 1905
  • Armie Camilla Postlethwaite, aged 71, who landed in America from London, in 1906
  • Edith Postlethwaite, aged 31, who emigrated to the United States from Eure, France, in 1906
  • Elen Postlethwaite, aged 26, who emigrated to America from Bennington, England, in 1907
  • Ellen Postlethwaite, aged 36, who emigrated to the United States from Loppergard, England, in 1907
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Postlethwaite Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Colin W. Postlethwaite, aged 72, who emigrated to Toronto, Canada, in 1908

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Contemporary Notables of the name Postlethwaite (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Postlethwaite (post 1700)



  • William Postlethwaite (d. 1908), 19th century Member of Parliament from the Canterbury Region of New Zealand
  • Peter William "Pete" Postlethwaite OBE (1946-2011), Oscar-nominated English actor described by director Steven Spielberg as "probably the best actor in the world"
  • Thomas Postlethwaite (1731-1798), English clergyman, Master of Trinity College, Cambridge (1789-1798)
  • Harvey Postlethwaite (1944-1999), British engineer, who was technical director of Formula One racing teams

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Motto


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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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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    2. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Scotch Irish Pioneers In Ulster and America. Montana: Kessinger Publishing. Print.
    3. Bloxham, Ben. Key to Parochial Registers of Scotland From Earliest Times Through 1854 2nd edition. Provo, UT: Stevenson's Genealogical Center, 1979. Print.
    4. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    5. Donaldson, Gordon and Robert S. Morpeth. Who's Who In Scotish History. Wales: Welsh Academic Press, 1996. Print. (ISBN 186057-0054).
    6. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    7. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    8. Adam, Frank. Clans Septs and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands 8th Edition. London: Bacon (G.W.) & Co, 1970. Print. (ISBN 10-0717945006).
    9. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    10. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    11. ...

    The Postlethwaite Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Postlethwaite 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 21 April 2015 at 14:57.

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