The ancestry of the name Byrkell dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived in either the settlement of Birtle
in the county of Lancashire
or the settlement of Birtles
in the county of Cheshire
. The names of these places are derived from the Old English word bridd,
meaning young bird or nestling, and indicates that the places were originally known as nesting grounds for birds.
Early Origins of the Byrkell family
The surname Byrkell was first found in Cheshire
at Birtles, a township, in the parish of Prestbury, union and hundred
of Macclesfield. "Birtles Hall and demesne belonged for many generations to the Birtles family." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Byrkell family
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Byrkell Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Byrkell have been found, including Birtles, Byrtles, Birchell, Birchells and others.
Early Notables of the Byrkell family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Byrkell family to Ireland
Some of the Byrkell family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Byrkell family to the New World and Oceana
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England
. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England
, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Byrkell, or a variant listed above: William Birchell who arrived in Philadelphia, Pa. in 1880.