Birchall History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

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.

Early Origins of the Birchall family

The surname Birchall was first found in Kent, where they held a family seat from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest in 1066.

Important Dates for the Birchall family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Birchall research. Another 80 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Birchall History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Birchall Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Birchall family (pre 1700)

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Birchall migration to the United States

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, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1835
  • Elias Birchall, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1845
  • William Birchall, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1852

Contemporary Notables of the name Birchall (post 1700)

  • 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
  • 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

Historic Events for the Birchall family

HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Norman Birchall, British Stoker 1st Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [1]
RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. Henry Birchall, American 2nd Class passenger from Roslyn, New York, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [2]

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  1. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from
  2. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 7) . Retrieved from
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