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ADWELL Family Crest / ADWELL Coat of Arms

ADWELL Family Crest / ADWELL Coat of Arms

This ancient English surname of ADWELL was of the locational names meaning 'one who came from ADWELL' a spot in County Oxfordshire. The name was rendered in the Old English form EDEWELLE, literally meaning the dweller at the stream belonging to EADDA. The earliest of the name on record appears to be ADVELLE (without surname) who was recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086, and ADEWELL (without surname) was documented in the year 1176. EDEWELLE (without surname) was mentioned in Oxford in 1297. Surnames can be divided into four categories; place names, occupation names, nicknames and patronymics. PLACE NAMES are the largest group and covers all those names first applied to people who lived in or nearby to a particular place. For example, Grove, Wood, Field, Meadow, and Street are obvious. Occasionally names were taken from obscure villages or hamlets which no longer exist and this can make research confusing. OCCUPATION NAMES cover nearly all trades which existed in the Middle Ages. These are numerous. It does not necessarily follow that such names as King, Duke, Earl and so on mean your ancestors were of noble blood. It is much more likely that such named people worked for the person referred to. NICKNAMES. This is a smaller group but in many ways more interesting. They usually originated as a by-name for someone by describing their appearance, personal disposition or character but which became handed down through the ages and did not apply to their descendants. For instance the name Black would denote a dark man, Little, someone small (or even somewhat ambiguously) someone tall. PATRONYMICS. This group covers all names which derive immediately from the owner's father. Many christian names which are also surnames have, over the years, lost the possessive form but the origin is still the same. Examples of this could be names such as Peter,Thomas, Henry - all names which became both christian and surnames over the years. A later instance of the name includes Edward ADWELL of Yorkshire, who was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379.


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last updated on: September 13 2018

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