The name Mirrill came to England
with the ancestors of the Mirrill family in the Norman Conquest
of 1066. It comes from 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 Mirrill family
The surname Mirrill 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 Mirrill family
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Mirrill Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations
. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Merrill, Meyrill, Merell, Merells, Meyrell and many more.
Early Notables of the Mirrill family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Mirrill family to the New World and Oceana
Because of the political and religious discontent in England
, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Mirrill name or one of its variants: 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..