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

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.


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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 and printed products wherever possible.

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

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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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  • 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
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Birchall Historic Events



HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Norman Birchall, British Stoker 1st Class, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. Henry Birchall, American 2nd Class passenger from Roslyn, New York, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking
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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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Citations



    Other References

    1. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    2. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    3. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    4. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    5. 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).
    6. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    7. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    8. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    9. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
    10. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
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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.

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