Anglo-Saxon England, the ancestors of the Birgel surname lived in either the settlement of Birtle in the county of Lancashire or the settlement of Birtles in the county of Cheshire. The names of these places are derived from the Old English word bridd, meaning young bird or nestling, and indicates that the places were originally known as nesting grounds for birds.
Early Origins of the Birgel family
Cheshire at Birtles, a township, in the parish of Prestbury, union and hundred of Macclesfield. "Birtles Hall and demesne belonged for many generations to the Birtles family." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Birgel family
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Birgel Spelling Variations
Anglo-Saxon surnames like Birgel 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. The variations of the name Birgel include: Birtles, Byrtles, Birchell, Birchells and others.
Early Notables of the Birgel family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Birgel family to Ireland
Some of the Birgel family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Birgel family to the New World and Oceana
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 Birgel or a variant listed above: William Birchell who arrived in Philadelphia, Pa. in 1880.
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