Britwissill History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the name Britwissill date back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence 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. [1]

Early Origins of the Britwissill family

The surname Britwissill 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. [2]

Early History of the Britwissill family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Britwissill 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 Britwissill History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Britwissill Spelling Variations

Britwissill has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Britwissill have been found, 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 Britwissill family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Britwissill Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Britwissill family

In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Britwissills to arrive on North American shores: Thomas Birdwistle, who sailed to Maryland in 1670.



  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ '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].


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