My name is Jack Cawte.Our family has been traced back to Hampshire. The following has been taken from a booklet produced for a Cawte family reunion in NewZealand. The origin and meaning of the surname cawte is a local name meaning "at the court" which is an enclosure or mansion. Early records mention Richard Le Cort in 1273 in County Oxford.
Further on it is stated The name was found in the Compotus Roll of 1248 AD. In the Crondell Rental of 1287 William Cawet is a Villein (landowner). In the Crondell Customary od 1567 embracing Aldershot, Crookham, Fleet, etc there are no less than five members of the family holding land in the area of Crondell Manor. Cawetts were church wardens of Crondell during the reformation and onwards. About the 17th or 18th centuries the name changes from Cawet or Cawett to Cawte. In the reign of Henry VIII it is spelt Cawat.
Further on in the booklet it states, "the initial beginning of the Cawte family obviously start well before the French revloution, or the Napoleonic Wars and seem more probable to have begun with the arrival of William the Conqueror". Else where it is claimed the family were religious refugees who were engaged to catch and train horses as remounts for the English armies in the Peninsular campaigns against Napolean.
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