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:
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
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:
form of an Old Norse personal name 'Asketill'..
ANTLE, a variant of the English surname for which Reaney provides the
forms: Anketell, Ankettle, Anquetil, Ankill, Antell and Antill, from the
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:
("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.
There is a village about 30km north of Vasa, Finland called Andkil by
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.