Birtwistell is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon
origin and comes from the family once having 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 Birtwistell family
The surname Birtwistell 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 Birtwistell family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Birtwistell research.Another 115 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1285, 1329, 1379, 1397, 1460, 1594, 1618 and 1619 are included under the topic Early Birtwistell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Birtwistell Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Birtwistell family name include 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 Birtwistell family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Birtwistell family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Birtwistell surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Thomas Birdwistle, who sailed to Maryland in 1670.