Rathwell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
In ancient Anglo-Saxon England, the ancestors of the Rathwell surname lived in Rothwell, a place-name found in the counties of Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, and the West Riding of Yorkshire.  The place-name Rothwell is derived from the Old English words roth, which means forest clearing, and wella, which means spring or stream. The place-name as a whole translates as "spring or stream in the summer clearing."  In the Domesday Book,  compiled in 1086, each of those places was originally listed as Rodewelle.
Early Origins of the Rathwell family
The surname Rathwell was first found in Lincolnshire where one of the first listings of the family was Robert de Rothewelle who was listed there in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273. Later in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls, Johanna de Rothewell and Johannes de Rothewell were listed. 
Early History of the Rathwell family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rathwell research. Another 87 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1563, 1627 and 1640 are included under the topic Early Rathwell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Rathwell Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Rathwell are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Rathwell include: Rothwell, Rathwell, Rosswell, Rosewell and others.
Early Notables of the Rathwell family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Richard Rothwell, the exorcist, who was born at Bolton (now in Greater Manchester) in 1563.  He died in 1627 and was "known
as "Bold Rothwell, the Apostle of the North," and famed as an exorcist, who professed to have wonderful contests...
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Migration of the Rathwell family to Ireland
Some of the Rathwell family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 43 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Rathwell migration to the United States +
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Rathwell or a variant listed above:
Rathwell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- W. H. Rathwell, aged 38, who settled in America, in 1894
Rathwell Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- William Rathwell, aged 21, who immigrated to the United States from Carlow, in 1901
- Henry Rathwell, aged 31, who landed in America from Atherton, England, in 1906
- Thomas Rathwell, aged 28, who immigrated to the United States from Atherton, England, in 1906
- Annie Rathwell, aged 29, who immigrated to the United States from Dublin, Ireland, in 1921
- Thomas Rathwell, aged 28, who landed in America, in 1921
Rathwell migration to Canada +
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Rathwell Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
- Sarah Rathwell, aged 35, who settled in Montreal, Canada, in 1914
Rathwell migration to Australia +
Emigration to Australia
followed the First Fleets
of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Rathwell Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Anne Rathwell, aged 21, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Royal Albert"
- Susannah Rathwell, aged 18, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Royal Albert"
Contemporary Notables of the name Rathwell (post 1700) +
- Ernest Rathwell (b. 1958), Canadian politician
- John Donald "Jake" Rathwell (b. 1947), retired Canadian professional ice hockey right winger
Related Stories +
- ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
- ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
- ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
- ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.