The name Mirill reached England
in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. It is based on the personal name
Muriel, which is composed of the Celtic elements muir,
which means sea,
which means bright.
This personal name was extremely common during the Middle Ages in Continental Europe. It was introduced to England
by the Breton
settlers who accompanied Norman the Conqueror. In Northern England
, the name was also imported by the Norsemen from Ireland
and in Western England
the name developed as a result of Welsh
Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)
Early Origins of the Mirill family
The surname Mirill was first found in Lancashire
where one of the first records of the name was Ougrim filius
Miriel who was listed there in the Pipe Rolls
of 1188. A few years later, Mirielis, Muriella de Stokes was listed in the Curia Regis Rolls of Buckinghamshire
in 1203 and later Johannes filius Miriald was listed in the Curia Regis Rolls of Yorkshire
in 1208. Continuing in Lancashire
, Godric Miriild, Mirild, Mirield was listed in the Pipe Rolls
(1184-1188) and Robert, Richard Muriel was listed in the Pipe Rolls
of 1195. By this time some of the family was found in Suffolk
where John Myrel was listed in the Subsidy Rolls
in 1327, Richard Meryel and Walter Merel was listed in the Subsidy Rolls
of 1381. CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
The Hundredorum Rolls
of 1273 list: Matilda Miriel in Cambridgeshire; Henry filius Mirield in Lincolnshire; Robert filius Muriel in Huntingdonshire; Thomas filius Muriel in Shropshire; and Richard Miriel in Norfolk
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Early History of the Mirill family
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Mirill Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations
are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Mirill has been recorded under many different variations, including Merrill, Meyrill, Merell, Merells, Meyrell and many more.
Early Notables of the Mirill family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Mirill family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England
, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Mirills were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America: John Merrill, who settled in Boston Mass in 1630; Peirce Merrill settled in Virginia in 1655; John Merrill settled in Barbados in 1663; Moses Merrill settled in Boston in 1822..