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. CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6) 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." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4) In the Domesday Book, CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8) compiled in 1086, each of those places was originally listed as Rodewelle.
Early Origins of the Rathwell family
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. CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Early History of the Rathwell family
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Rathwell Spelling Variations
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)
Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print. 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.
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Migration of the Rathwell family to the New World and Oceana
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
Rathwell Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Rathwell Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
Rathwell Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name Rathwell (post 1700)
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