Show ContentsPirtle History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Pirtle is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when the family lived in either the settlement of Birtle in the county of Lancashire or the settlement of Birtles in the county of Cheshire. The names of these places are derived from the Old English word bridd, meaning young bird or nestling, and indicates that the places were originally known as nesting grounds for birds.

Early Origins of the Pirtle family

The surname Pirtle was first found in Cheshire at Birtles, a township, in the parish of Prestbury, union and hundred of Macclesfield. "Birtles Hall and demesne belonged for many generations to the Birtles family." [1]

Early History of the Pirtle family

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Pirtle Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Pirtle are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Pirtle include: Birtles, Byrtles, Birchell, Birchells and others.

Early Notables of the Pirtle family

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Pirtle Ranking

In the United States, the name Pirtle is the 5,184th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [2]

Ireland Migration of the Pirtle family to Ireland

Some of the Pirtle family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Pirtle migration to the United States +

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Pirtle or a variant listed above:

Pirtle Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Francis W. Pirtle, aged 49, who arrived in America, in 1912
  • Mary Pirtle, aged 34, who arrived in America, in 1913
  • Agatha Pirtle, aged 46, who immigrated to Cleveland, Ohio, in 1923
  • Claiborne Pirtle, aged 48, who immigrated to Cleveland, Ohio, in 1923
  • Elma Pirtle, aged 33, who immigrated to New York City, in 1924

Contemporary Notables of the name Pirtle (post 1700) +

  • Michael W. Pirtle, American jurist, Judge on the Nebraska State Court of Appeals
  • Cliff R. Pirtle, American politician, Member of the New Mexico Senate (2013-)
  • Gerald Eugene "Gerry" Pirtle (b. 1947), American Major League Baseball pitcher who played for the Montreal Expos in 1978
  • Brittany Anne Pirtle (b. 1989), American actress, known for her work in Power Rangers Samurai (2011), Power Rangers Samurai: A New Enemy (vol. 2) (2012) and Power Rangers Samurai (2011)
  • Henry Pirtle, American politician, Mayor of Cleveland Heights, Ohio, 1951-54 [3]
  • Alan Pirtle, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 2008 [3]

  1. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  3. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 21) . Retrieved from on Facebook