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  • John ‘Old John’ Cantwell (1745 - 1836)
    Not the same as John Cantwell of Harford County John Cantwell Born 24 Jun 1745 in St George's Parish, Baltimore, Maryland Son of Edward Cantwell Husband of Jane Barnett — married 10 Dec 1791 i...
  • Maria Cantwell, U.S. Senator
    Maria Elaine Cantwell (born October 13, 1958) is the junior United States Senator from the state of Washington, serving since 2001. Her ancestry includes Irish and German.[1] [2]Citations * 1. History ...
  • Mary Cantwell (1716 - 1744)
    Mary Burchfield Birth: July 16, 1716, Maryland Daughter of Thomas Burchfield and Mary Burchfield (Wilson) Wife of John Cantwell (1715-1778)
  • Monica Rosemary Cantwell (1965 - 1989)
    British backpacker Monica grew up in the Surrey village of Lingfield. A week into a short visit to New Zealand she was attacked just below the summit Mauao (Mount Maunganui) on 20 November 1989. The mu...
  • Cantwell (1950 - 1950)

About the Cantwell surname

Cantwell This interesting surname of English origin is a dialectal variant of the locational name Kentwell in Suffolk. It is not far from the Glem and may be an old name for this river. If so, the original name was Kennet deriving from the Old English pre 7th Century "cynete" plus "wella", "stream". This surname dates back to the late 13th Century, (see below). Further recordings include one Thomas Cantewell (1446), "The Close Rolls". Variations in the idiom of the spelling include Candwell, etc.. The church records at St. Giles, Cripplegate, London, include Cicily, daughter of Thomas Cantwell who was christened on March 13th 1568, and John, son of Arnold Cantwell who was christened on November 18th 1568. Helen, daughter of John and Jane Cantwell, was christened at St. Martin in the Fields, Westminster, on May 14th 1689. One Ellen Cantwell, aged 18, a famine emigrant, sailed from Liverpool aboard the "Henry-Clay" bound for New York on April 15th 1846. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Gilbert de Kentewelle, which was dated 1273, "The Hundred Rolls of Suffolk", during the reign of King Edward 1, "The Hammer of the Scots", 1272 - 1307. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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