Birrell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Birrell family

The surname Birrell was first found in North Yorkshire at Burrill, a small village in the Hambleton district that dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086 where it was listed as Borel. [1] It literally meant "hill with a fort," from the Old English words "burh" + "hyll." [2]

"This name is early found upon the Border, particularly in the East Marches. Henry Burel witnessed charter of the church of Pencathlan to the Abbey of Kelso c. 1180. William Bwrel attested a document concerning the land of Cnoc in Renfrew, 1234. William Burel witnessed gift of land in Ayton to William Scot of Coldingham, c. 1250. [3]

Early rolls revealed the name as both a forename and a surname. The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 listed: Johanna, relicta Burel, Oxfordshire; Burellus de Rathesnese, Norfolk; and Emma Burel, Norfolk. Later, the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 listed: Willelmus Burell; and Johannes Borell as both holding lands there at that time. [4]

"Burrell has long been a Lincolnshire name. In Cromwell's time, Sir John Burrell of Dunsby and Redman Burrell, Esq., of Fulbeck, compounded their estates for £687 and £770 respectively (O.). The name is also now found in Norfolk. Burrell was the name of a noted family of Kent and Sussex during the 15th, 16th, and 17th centuries, and one of the Burrells of Beckenham, Kent, was High Sheriff of Kent in 1722; Northumberland is stated to have been the home of the family in the reign of Edward I. " [5]

Important Dates for the Birrell family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Birrell research. Another 278 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1069, 1449, 1551, 1285, 1357, 1391, 1477, 1504, 1536, 1482, 1473, 1542, 1544, 1573, 1590, 1589, 1657, 1645, 1653, 1567, 1605, 1567, 1590, 1590 and are included under the topic Early Birrell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Birrell Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Burrell, Burrel, Birrell, Burrill, Burril, Birril, Berrill and many more.

Early Notables of the Birrell family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family name during their early history was Abraham Burrell (1589-1657), an English politician, Member of Parliament for Huntingdon (1645-1653), supported the Parliamentary cause in the English Civil War. Robert Birrel ( fl. 1567-1605), was a Scottish diarist and Burgess of Edinburgh. "There is not much minuteness in the record of events till about 1567, when Birrel probably began to keep a note of them. There is no evidence in the 'Diary' regarding the political or religious views of the writer...
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Migration of the Birrell family to Ireland

Some of the Birrell family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 66 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Birrell migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Birrell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Birrell, aged 28, who landed in Savanna(h), Georgia in 1821 [6]
  • William Birrell, aged 18, who arrived in New York in 1864 [6]
  • Charlotte Birrell, aged 17, who arrived in New York in 1864 [6]
  • John Birrell, aged 14, who landed in New York in 1864 [6]
  • Mary Birrell, aged 45, who arrived in New York in 1864 [6]

Birrell migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Birrell Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • George Birrell, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Buckinghamshire" in 1839 [7]
  • Elizabeth Birrell, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Buckinghamshire" in 1839 [7]
  • Margaret Birrell a woolwasher, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince Regent" in 1839 [8]
  • Thomas Birrell, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Bolton" in 1848 [9]

Contemporary Notables of the name Birrell (post 1700)

  • Henry Walker Birrell (1928-2013), American longtime news reporter and anchor based at Los Angeles radio station KNX 1070 AM
  • Augustine Birrell (1850-1933), English politician, barrister, academic and author
  • Augustine Birrell (1850-1933), English essayist and statesman
  • William Birrell (b. 1885), Australian rules footballer
  • Peter Birrell (b. 1941), British musician in the band, Freddie and the Dreamers
  • Mark Birrell (b. 1958), Australian solicitor, director and a former Cabinet Minister in Victoria
  • James Birrell (b. 1928), Australian architect from Queensland
  • Gerry Birrell (1944-1973), Scottish racing driver
  • Fred Birrell (1913-1985), Australian politician
  • Billy Birrell (1897-1968), Scottish football player and manager
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Citations

  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  4. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  5. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  6. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  7. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BUCKINGHAMSHIRE 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Buckinghamshire.htm
  8. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PRINCE REGENT 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839PrinceRegent.htm
  9. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BOLTON 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848Bolton.htm
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