The name Birtwell is an old Anglo-Saxon
name. It comes from when a family lived in Birtwisle,
near Padiham, in the county of Lancashire
. The town was named for the Old English words bird
meaning young bird or nestling, and twissel, which referred to a fork in a stream. CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Early Origins of the Birtwell family
The surname Birtwell was first found in Lancashire
, where one of the first records of the family was Ellis de Birtwisle, rector of the church of St. Elphin, Warrington, Lancashire
from 1368 to 1370. CITATION[CLOSE]
'Townships: Scarisbrick', in A History of the County of Lancaster: Volume 3, ed. William Farrer and J Brownbill (London, 1907), pp. 265-276. British History Online http://www.british-history.ac.uk/vch/lancs/vol3/pp265-276 [accessed 21 January 2017].
Early History of the Birtwell family
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Birtwell Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon
surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Birtwell were recorded, including Birdwhistle, Bertwhistle, Berdwhistle, Birtwisill, Birtwhistle, Birtwisle, Birdwistle, Birdwisle, Birdwistle, Brittwissill, Birktwysell, Brytwesle, Brytwesele, Birtwistell, Birtwessel, Briddestwysill, Briddestwyssle, Burtwisle and many more.
Early Notables of the Birtwell family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Birtwell family to the New World and Oceana
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Birtwell family emigrate to North America: Thomas Birdwistle, who sailed to Maryland in 1670.
Contemporary Notables of the name Birtwell (post 1700)
- Ian Birtwell (b. 1944), English rugby union coach and a former player