Whether the origin of the Entwistle or Entwisle
name (and many other various spellings) is of Old English (Saxon,
Norse or Danish) origin or of Norman will perhaps never be known for
However, strong evidence points to an
Old English origin of the "twisle" part of the name and
indeed the "En" or "Hen" part as well.
The former "twisle" or "twisla"
is perhaps associated with the land formation at Entwistle which is
the Old English name for the piece of land between the fork of two
rivers, a prominent feature of both Entwistle and Extwistle.
The latter is probably derived from the Water
Hens which frequent the area of Entwistle to this day, the
"H" sound often being dropped in Lancashire dialect into
Spellings were often quite insignificant in
ancient and even in more recent times. Individuals have been shown
to have used several different spellings for there own name.
Names and words were often spelled
phonetically. As people travelled around the phonetic sounds would
be interpreted in different ways.