Birtwhistle History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The Birtwhistle name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. Their name comes from having 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 Birtwhistle family
The surname Birtwhistle 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 Birtwhistle family
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Birtwhistle Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Birtwhistle has undergone many spelling variations, 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 Birtwhistle family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Birtwhistle family
To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Birtwhistle were among those contributors: 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].