Twells is a name that was carried to England
in the great wave of migration from Normandy
following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Twells family lived in Lincolnshire
, at Wells.
Early Origins of the Twells family
The surname Twells was first found in Lincolnshire
where they are conjecturally descended from Gilbert de Ghent who held the village and mill of Well from the Bishop of Bayeaux at the time of the Norman Conquest
in 1066. A little later another entry was found for the family at Bitchfield, again in Lincolnshire
. "The church was consecrated and endowed by Hugh de Wells, who presided over the diocese from the year 1209 to 1234." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Twells family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Twells research.Another 169 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1352, 1421, 1450, 1499, 1406, 1461 and are included under the topic Early Twells History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Twells Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Twells include Wells, Welles, Well and others.
Early Notables of the Twells family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was John de Welles, 5th Baron
Welles (1352-1421), an English soldier and noble; John Welles, 1st Viscount Welles KG... Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Twells Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Twells family to Ireland
Some of the Twells family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 137 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Twells family to the New World and Oceana
at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Twellss to arrive on North American shores:
Twells Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Robert Twells, who arrived in Braintree, Massachusetts in 1663 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
Contemporary Notables of the name Twells (post 1700)
- John S. Twells (d. 1921), American politician, U.S. Consul in Carlsbad, 1907 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 23) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
Historic Events for the Twells family
- Albert Leslie Twells (d. 1945), British Assistant Cook (S) aboard the HMS Dorsetshire when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he died in the sinking CITATION[CLOSE]
Force Z Survivors HMS Dorsetshire Crew List, (Retrieved 2018, February 13th), https://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listdorsetshirecrew.html