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Where did the English Wartell family come from? What is the English Wartell family crest and coat of arms? When did the Wartell family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Wartell family history?

The name Wartell was brought to England in the wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Wartell family lived in Cheshire, at the village of Wardle.

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Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Wardle, Wardell and others.

First found in Cheshire where they held a family seat from ancient times, about the time of the Conquest.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wartell research. Another 151 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1634, 1710, 1683 and 1684 are included under the topic Early Wartell History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wartell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Wartell or a variant listed above: Christopher Wardle who settled in Barbados in 1679 with his servants; William Wardle arrived in Pennsylvania in 1685; Thomas Wardle arrived in Philadelphia in 1818..

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  7. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
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  9. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  10. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The Wartell Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Wartell Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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