Early Origins of the Wirral family
The surname Wirral was first found in Cheshire
at Wirral, a peninsula bounded by the River Dee, the River Mersey and to the north the Irish Sea. Historically part of Cheshire
, its boundaries were set in the Domesday Book
as "Two arrow falls from Chester City Walls." Actually, the place name dates back further to at least the 10th century where it was listed as Wirhealum and Wirheale. The name literally means "place at the nook(s) where bog-myrtle grows." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Another reference gives a different meaning of the Wirheal as "myrtle-corner", from the Old English wir, a myrtle tree, and heal, an angle, corner or slope. Bog myrtle or myrica gale is a species of a deciduous shrub and flowering plant that is also named sweet gale. The Hundred
of Wirral is the ancient administrative area for the Wirral Peninsula.
Early History of the Wirral family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wirral research.Another 157 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1600, 1241, 1394, 1415, 1420, 1487, 1455 and 1487 are included under the topic Early Wirral History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Wirral Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Wirral, Wirrall, Wirall, Wyrrall, Wyrall, Wyrell, Wyrrel, Wyrell, Wirriall, Wirrial and many more.
Early Notables of the Wirral family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Wirral family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..
Wirral Family Crest Products
- ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)