Dayrel is a name that first reached England
following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Dayrel family lived in Buckinghamshire
. They were originally from Airel, in La Manche, Normandy
, and it is from the local
form of this name, D'Airel,
meaning from Airel,
that their name derives. "William de Orrell, a gentleman of the north parts of Normandie, soe called of a castle and family of that countrie, the which came in with the Conqueror, being for his good services done in he North... endowed with the possessions of a Saxon called Etheldred of Broadsworth, an ancient seat twelve miles west of Yorke." Such is the statement attached to an old pedigree quoted in Burke's Commoners. CITATION[CLOSE]
The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
Early Origins of the Dayrel family
The surname Dayrel was first found in Buckinghamshire
where this ancient and noble family of Norman descent came over with the Conqueror and seated themselves at Lillingstone before the year 1200. "Richard son of Elais Dayrell being seised of a messuage and half of knight's fee there in King Richard the First's time, or the beginning of King John's reign. Before 1306 the Dayrells became possessed of the fee of the manor, which has ever since continued in the family." CITATION[CLOSE]
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
The Dyarells of Shudy Camps in Cambridgeshire
are a younger branch of the family descending from the second son of Paul Dayrell of Lillinstone, Sheriff of Buckinghamshire
in 1579. The parish of Horkstow in Lincolnshire
"contains a family vault for the Darells, formerly owners of property in the parish." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Dayrel family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dayrel research.Another 235 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1415, 1539, 1589, 1560, 1589, 1450, 1491, 1465, 1530, 1529, 1513, 1556, 1539, 1589, 1572, 1563, 1651, 1721 and 1845 are included under the topic Early Dayrel History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Dayrel Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Dayrel are characterized by many spelling variations
. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Dayrel include Darrell, Dorrell, Dayrell, Darrel, Darell, Darel and others.
Early Notables of the Dayrel family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Elizabeth Darrell, the first wife of John Seymour (c.
1450-1491), and paternal grandmother of Queen Jane Seymour; Sir Edward Darrell (c.
1465-1530), of Littlecote, Wiltshire
, an English politician, Member of the Parliament for Wiltshire
in 1529; Elizabeth Darrell (born c. 1513-c. 1556 )... Another 70 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dayrel Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Dayrel family to the New World and Oceana
Faced with the chaos present in England
at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia
in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Dayrel, or a variant listed above: John Darrell who settled in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1637 and moved to Salem; Moses and Mary Darrell settled in Virginia in 1654; William Darrell settled in Virginia in 1643.