Birtwhestle History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The origins of the Birtwhestle name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It comes from when the family lived in Birtwisle, near Padiham, in the county of Lancashire. The town was named for the Old English words bird or brid, meaning young bird or nestling, and twissel, which referred to a fork in a stream. 
Early Origins of the Birtwhestle family
The surname Birtwhestle 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. 
Early History of the Birtwhestle family
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Birtwhestle 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 Birtwhestle 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 Birtwhestle family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Birtwhestle family
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 Birtwhestle family emigrate to North America: Thomas Birdwistle, who sailed to Maryland in 1670.
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- ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
- ^ '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].