The many generations and branches of the Dirnall family can all place the origins of their surname with the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. Their name reveals that an early member worked as a grower of darnel, a plant believed to induce intoxication. The name's origins are Old French; darnel is the French name for this plant. It was brought into England
by the Normans
after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. Occupational
names frequently were derived from the principal object associated with the activity of the original bearer, such as tools or products. These types of occupational
surnames are called metonymic
surnames. Occasionally the name was local; there is a Darnall in Yorkshire
, and a small group of people took their name from that location. This makes Dirnall an example of an English polygenetic
surname, which is a surname that was developed in a number of different locations and adopted by various families independently.
Early Origins of the Dirnall family
The surname Dirnall was first found in Lincolnshire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Dirnall family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dirnall research.Another 243 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1095, 1177, 1193, 1379, 1638, 1604, 1645, 1711, 1605, 1675, 1683 and 1689 are included under the topic Early Dirnall History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Dirnall Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon
surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Dirnall were recorded, including Darnell, Darnall, Darnoll, Darnel, Darnal, Darnol, Darnhill, Dartnall, Dartnell and many more.
Early Notables of the Dirnall family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include Sir Thomas Darnell, 1st Baronet
(died c. 1638), an English landowner, at the centre of a celebrated state legal case in the reign of Charles I of England
, often known as the "Five Knights' Case" but to... Another 44 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dirnall Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Dirnall family to the New World and Oceana
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Dirnall family emigrate to North America: Thomas Darnel, who arrived in Maryland in 1684; Richard Durnel, a bonded passenger who arrived in Barbados in1669; Mr. & Mrs. H. Darnell who arrived in San Francisco California with 2 children in 1856.
The Dirnall Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Deus nobiscum
Motto Translation: God be with us.