Squirrel is a name that first reached England
following the Norman Conquest
in 1066. It is a name for a squire.
Looking back even further, we found the name was originally derived from the Old French word escuyer,
which indicated someone of the social rank immediately below a knight.
Early Origins of the Squirrel family
The surname Squirrel was first found in Worcestershire
where they held a family seat
from very early times as Lords of the manor of Hanbury, and also estates in Devon
, which were granted by Duke William of Normandy
, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Squirrel family
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Squirrel 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 Squire, Squair, Skair, Skuyer, Squires and others.
Early Notables of the Squirrel family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Squirrel family to Ireland
Some of the Squirrel family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 89 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Squirrel family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Squirrel Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- George Squirrel, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Empress" in 1865
The Squirrel Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Tiens ferme
Motto Translation: Hold firm.