Mirescough History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Mirescough surname is thought to derived from the place name Myerscough in Wyre on The Fylde, Lancashire.

Early Origins of the Mirescough family

The surname Mirescough was first found in Lancashire at Myerscough, a township, in the parish of Lancaster, union of Garstang, hundred of Amounderness. Now known as Myerscough and Bilsborrow, this amalgamated parish was established in 2003. Myerscough is where the family's first records were found, specifically: William de Mirscho in 1246; Walter de Myreskou in 1277; and WIlliam de Mireschow who was listed in the Assize Rolls there in 1285. [1]

Important Dates for the Mirescough family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mirescough research. Another 69 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1327, 1455 and 1487 are included under the topic Early Mirescough History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Mirescough Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Mirescough family name include Myerscough, Myerscow, Myerscuff, Myersco, Mirescough, Meirscough and many more.

Early Notables of the Mirescough family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Mirescough family

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Mirescough surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Simon and Thomas Myerscough, who were on record in the census of Ontario, Canada of 1871.

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Citations

  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
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