When the ancestors of the Twels family emigrated to England
following the Norman Conquest
in 1066 they brought their family name with them. They lived in Lincolnshire
, at Wells.
Early Origins of the Twels family
The surname Twels 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 Twels family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Twels research.Another 169 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1352, 1421, 1450, 1499, 1406, 1461 and are included under the topic Early Twels History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Twels Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations
are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Twels has been recorded under many different variations, including Wells, Welles, Well and others.
Early Notables of the Twels 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 Twels Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Twels family to Ireland
Some of the Twels 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 Twels family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England
, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Twelss were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America: Gregory Wells, who arrived in Virginia in 1635; Thomas Wells of Rothwell, Northampton
, who settled in Connecticut in 1636, where he later became the Governor.