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The surname Turrell is derived from the Old French word "tirel," derived from "tirer," "to pull." The word was often used to refer to an animal that pulled carts; thus it may be that it was used as a nickname for a stubborn person, before coming to be used as a hereditary surname.

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The surname Turrell was first found in Essex where one of the first records of the name is Walter Tirel III, (1065- c. 1100), Castellan of Pontoise and Lord of Poix, son of Walter Tirell II. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
He is remembered for his involvement in the death of King William II (William Rufus) on a hunting trip in the New Forest on August 2nd, 1100. Some say it was an accident when Walter shot an arrow at a stag which glanced from the beast and struck King William II, while others disagree. However, accordingly to chroniclers of the time, they parted at the beginning of the hunt on good terms, but the king was later found with one of the arrows given to Walter by the king in his chest. There is a stone in the Forest at Stoney Cross marking the spot where the King fell.

Walter's grandson Hugh Tyrrel (died 1199) took part in the Norman Conquest of Ireland where he became the first Baron of Castleknock and later took part in the Third Crusade.

Another distinct branch of the family was found at Gipping in Suffolk. "This place, which takes its name from the small river Gipping, is the property of C. Tyrell, Esq., whose ancestor, Sir Walter Tyrell, Knt., held the lordship at the time of the Domesday survey." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Tyrell, Terrell, Terrill, Tyrill, Turrell, Tirell, Tyrrell and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Turrell research. Another 251 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1423, 1450, 1502, 1502, 1597, 1676, 1661, 1676, 1617, 1701, 1643, 1718, 1642, 1718, 1623 and 1676 are included under the topic Early Turrell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Notables of this surname at this time include Sir James Tyrrell (c.1450-1502) was an English knight, a trusted servant of King Richard III of England, he confessed to the murders of King Edward V of England and his brother Richard of Shrewsbury, 1st Duke of York and was beheaded at Tower...

Another 72 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Turrell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the Turrell family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 65 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Turrell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Daniel Turrell, who arrived in Boston in 1640
  • Alice Turrell, who settled in Barbados in 1664
  • Rose Turrell, who settled in Virginia in 1690

Turrell Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Samuel Turrell, who settled in Boston in 1716
  • John Turrell, who came to Maryland in 1763

Turrell Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Jacob Turrell, aged 24, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Flora"
  • Esau Turrell, aged 28, a farm labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Tantivy"

Turrell Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • James Turrell arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of Beauty" in 1863
  • William Turrell arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of Beauty" in 1863
  • Margaret Jane Turrell arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of Beauty" in 1863
  • Robert Turrell arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of Beauty" in 1863
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  • William J. Turrell, American Republican politician, Member of Pennsylvania State Senate, 1863-65 (9th District 1863-64, 11th District 1865)
  • Nathan Turrell, American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Brookfield, 1855
  • Harry M. Turrell, American Democrat politician, Chair of Susquehanna County Democratic Party, 1937; Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1944
  • A. H. Turrell, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Mississippi, 1920
  • James Turrell (b. 1943), American artist
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Citations



  1. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  2. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  3. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  4. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  5. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  6. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  7. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  8. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  9. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  10. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
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The Turrell Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Turrell Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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