The ancestors of the name Birstall date back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence in Suffolk
, where the family could be found since the early Middle Ages.
Early Origins of the Birstall family
The surname Birstall was first found in Suffolk
at Burstall, a village and civil parish that dates back to the Domesday Book
of 1086 when it was listed as Burgestala CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
and literally meant "site of a fort or stronghold," from the Old English word "burh-stall." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Early History of the Birstall family
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Birstall Spelling Variations
Birstall has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Birstall have been found, including Burstall, Burstal, Burstalle, Birstall, Birkestalle, Berstall, Byrstall, Burstow, Burstoe and many more.
Early Notables of the Birstall family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Birstall family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Birstalls to arrive on North American shores:
Birstall Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Philip Birstall, who settled in America in 1765
- Phillip Birstall, who settled in Virginia in 1765