Atrill History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Atrill family

The surname Atrill was first found in Devon where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1330 when Walter Attrill was listed in the Pipe Rolls for Devon.

Important Dates for the Atrill family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Atrill research. Another 68 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1455 and 1487 are included under the topic Early Atrill History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Atrill Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Atrill are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Atrill include: Attrill, Attrell, Attrull, Atrill, Hatril, Hattrill, Hatril, Hauterill, Autrill, Attru and many more.

Early Notables of the Atrill family (pre 1700)

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Atrill migration to the United States

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Atrill or a variant listed above:

Atrill Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Atrill, who was naturalized in Iowa in 1874

Atrill migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Atrill Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Edward Atrill, who was recorded in the 1871 census in Ontario

Atrill migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Atrill Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Jacob Atrill, aged 41, a stone cutter, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Taymouth Castle" [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Atrill (post 1700)

  • Jack M. Atrill, American Republican politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives 6th District, 1970 [2]
  • Peter Atrill, well-published accounting expert


  1. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 26th June 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Taymouth Castle 1855. Retrieved
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 10) . Retrieved from
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