The surname Irlam was first found in Lancashire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held estates in that shire.
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Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Irlam include Irlam, Erlam, Earlam, Earlem, Irlem, Erlem, Ellam and others.
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:
Irlam Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
William Irlam, aged 20, originally from Dale, England, arrived in New York in 1913 aboard the ship "Adriatic" from Liverpool, England
Alfred Irlam, originally from Sale, England, arrived in New York in 1913 aboard the ship "Baltic" from Liverpool, England
Mary Elisabeth Irlam, aged 19, originally from Sale, England, arrived in New York in 1913 aboard the ship "Baltic" from Liverpool, England
Richard Irlam, aged 33, originally from Manchester, England, arrived in New York in 1915 aboard the ship "Philadelphia" from Liverpool, England
Joseph Irlam, aged 17, arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Vasconia" from Manchester, England