Unkittal History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The name Unkittal reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Unkittal family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Unkittal family lived in Anctiville, Normandy, in the diocese of Coutances. The Unkittal family migrated to England in the 11th century, settling in the county of Dorset.
Early Origins of the Unkittal family
The surname Unkittal was first found in the county of Dorset, in England, but for earlier origins the family can be traced to Tebotvilla in Normandy, where their territories were known as Weedon Beck. They accompanied Duke William of Normandy into England in 1066 and were granted lands in Dorset.
Early History of the Unkittal family
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Unkittal Spelling Variations
Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Unkittal family name include Anketill, Ankatell, Anketil, Ankatel, Anchetill, Anchetell and many more.
Early Notables of the Unkittal family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Unkittal family to Ireland
Some of the Unkittal family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Unkittal family
To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Unkittal family to immigrate North America: Henry Anketell who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1844; Edward Anketall settled in the same city in 1851. The spelling Antle is found to have arrived in Newfoundland, in the early 1700's and have settled now in the areas of Victoria, St. John's, Fox Cove and Botwood..
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The Unkittal 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: Vade ad formicam
Motto Translation: Go to the ant.