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Early Origins of the Metherel family

The surname Metherel was first found in Cumberland (now called Cumbria) as Wetheral, a village and civil parish that dates back to c. 1100 when it was first listed as Wetherhala.

The place name literally means "nook of land where wether-sheep are kept," from the Old English words "wether" + "halh." [1] One of the first records of the name was found here with Richard de Wederhal who was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of Cumberland in 1332. William Wethereld, Wetherald, Wetherold was listed in Suffolk (1429-1433). [2]

Hugh de Wederhale was listed in Cumberland during the reign of Edward I., and Adam de Wederhal, horner was listed during the reign of Edward II., as a Freeman of York. [3]

Early History of the Metherel family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Metherel research. Another 46 words (3 lines of text) covering the years 1726, 1808, 1764, 1807, 1768, 1772, 1770, 1846, 1830, 1832, 1826, 1830, 1754, 1842, 1775, 1776, 1780, 1781 and 1782 are included under the topic Early Metherel History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Metherel Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Wetherall, Weatherall, Wetherell, Metherall and many more.

Early Notables of the Metherel family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family name during their early history was Nathan Wetherell D.D. (1726-1808), English academic administrator at the University of Oxford. He was Dean of Hereford, Master of University College, Oxford (1764-1807) and Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University...
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Ireland Migration of the Metherel family to Ireland

Some of the Metherel family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Metherel migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Metherel Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Metherel, who settled in Philadelphia in 1774

  1. Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6) on Facebook