Of all the Anglo-Saxon
names to come from Britain, Birtel is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family 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 Birtel family
The surname Birtel 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." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Birtel family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Birtel research.Another 111 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 160 and 1602 are included under the topic Early Birtel History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Birtel Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Birtel has been spelled many different ways, including Birtles, Byrtles, Birchell, Birchells and others.
Early Notables of the Birtel family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Birtel family to Ireland
Some of the Birtel family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 45 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Birtel family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Birtels to arrive in North America: William Birchell who arrived in Philadelphia, Pa. in 1880.