Birkell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The Birkell name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. Their name comes from having 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 Birkell family
The surname Birkell was first found in 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." 
Early History of the Birkell family
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Birkell Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Birkell has undergone many spelling variations, including Birtles, Byrtles, Birchell, Birchells and others.
Early Notables of the Birkell family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Birkell family to Ireland
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Migration of the Birkell family
To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Birkell were among those contributors: William Birchell who arrived in Philadelphia, Pa. in 1880.
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- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.