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Where did your ANTLEs come from?

A number of different places have been suggested as the source of this surname, and certainly all of them are the source of some name like ANTLE, but the variety is huge.  Here are some examples:

  British Isles 

A quick scan through the Mormon Church IGI shows the following 23 spellings for ANTLE (and I may have missed a few):

Antill, Antille, Antell, Antle, Anthill, Antil, Antel, Antelle, Anthall, Anthel, Amptyll, Antal, Anteal, Antills, Anteel, Antile, Anthol, Auntell, Auntill, Antall, Antile, Anttill, Antyll

And they were found in the following 25 regions:

Derbyshire, Surrey, Nottinghamshire, Londonderry, Cambridge, Staffordshire, Gloustershire, Leicestershire, Dorset, Norfolk, Yorkshire, Somerset, London, Sussex, Bedfordshire, Devonshire, Scotland, Hertfordshire, Hampshire, Kent, Wiltshire, Durham, Lincoln, Cornwall, Lancastershire

The large population of ANTLE in Kentucky and Virginia in the USA all seem to be able to trace their descent back to England.  The following information is loosely extracted from a web site that is no longer on-line (as far as I can tell) written by Keith Antill, who I believe should be credited for the research behind this:

The oldest record of the Antill family which originated in Virginia is a 2 Dec 1766 land deed obtained by Peter Antle for 436 acres on the drains of the Opequon Creek in the Upper Shenandoah Valley.  Peter and his wife Ann settled there with the 3 sons: Henry, Jacob and Peter, and 2 daughters: Ruth Ann and Christine. While it is not completely documented, it seems probable that Peter was the son of Henry Antill and Margery Smith of Minchinhampton, Gloucestershire

Some 80 years before Peter came to Virginia, a young lawyer named Edward Antill, born in Richmond, Surrey in 1659, came to America.  He engagaed in the Madagascar mercantile (pirate) trade, speculated in New Jersey real estate, and achieved great influence and his son eventually married into the family of New York Lt. Governor Colden.  By the mid-18th century, the Colden Antills were a powerful family synasty, many of whom were loyalists who soon migrated to Australia following the American Revolution.

The family of Antill is a very ancient one - it is known to have existed in England as early as the year 833.  In the Doomsday Book in 1085, the name appears as land-holders in no fewer than 19 counties.  As with most family names with a long history, the spelling varies considerably.  The earliest form of the spelling was Ans-chetill.  The Norman pronunciation rendered the 's' silent, hence it became Anchetill, Anchetil, Anketyll, Anketekk, Anktyll, Antell and Antill.



The Normandy coast and the nearby Channel Islands are said to be the origin of the surname Anquetille, some of whom came to North America and settled in the region that became the Province of Quebec.  In 1734, Jean Louis Anctil from St. Pari de Duce in Avaranches, Normandy settled in Riviere-Ouelle, a small farming community 100 miles east of Quebec City and began a very extensive clan of Anctils who are still there today.


  E.R. Seary's Surname book 

This well known text for Newfoundland research says the following concerning Antle:

ANTLE, a variant of the English surname for which Reaney provides the forms: Anketell, Ankettle, Anquetil, Ankill, Antell and Antill, from the Norman form of an Old Norse personal name 'Asketill'..

Guppy traced Antell and Matthews Antle in Dorset; Anquetil is found in Guernsey and Jersey; Antill in Kent.


  What's in Scandinavia? 

Recently I received an eMail from a man in Finland saying:

There is a village about 30km north of Vasa, Finland called Andkil by ("by" means village), founded by Scots ... Antills and what have you ... who came here via Norway and Sweden in the 1700's. I was told by my dad that they fled from Scotland during a war with the English.

I'm not sure where to go with this, but it is again an example of the ANTLE name being wide-spread even as far back as the 1700's.