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The ancestry of the name Birchall dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived in one of two towns called Birchill in the countys of Derbyshire and Staffordshire.

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Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Birchall have been found, including Birchall, Birchill, Birchalls, Birchills and many more.

First found in Kent, where they held a family seat from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest in 1066.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Birchall research. Another 265 words (19 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Birchall History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Birchall Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Birchall, or a variant listed above:

Birchall Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Henry Birchall who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1824
  • Thomas Walmsley Birchall arrived in Philadelphia in 1835
  • Elias Birchall arrived in Philadelphia in 1845
  • William Birchall arrived in Philadelphia in 1852

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  • Mr. Henry Birchall, American 2nd Class passenger from Roslyn, New York, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking
  • Frederick T. Birchall, American journalist who won the 1934 Pulitzer Prize for Correspondence
  • Grant Birchall (b. 1988), Australian Football League footballer
  • Paul Kenneth Birchall (b. 1979), English professional wrestler
  • Christopher "Chris" Birchall (b. 1984), English-born Trinidadian footballer
  • Mr. Norman Birchall, British Stoker 1st Class, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
  • Adam Birchall (b. 1984), English-born, Welsh footballer
  • Leonard Birchall (1915-2004), Canadian RCAF Air Commodore, Japanese POW, known as "The Saviour of Ceylon," appointed an officer of the Legion of Merit (1950) and a Member of the Order of Canada in 1999
  • Ian Birchall (b. 1939), British Marxist historian


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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Quaerere verum
Motto Translation: To seek the truth.

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The Birchall Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Birchall 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.

This page was last modified on 13 November 2014 at 16:22.

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