Tarrell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Tarrell family

The surname Tarrell was first found in Ross-shire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Rois) a former county, now part of the Council Areas of Highland and Western Isles in Northern Scotland, which emerged from the Gaelic lordship of the Earl of Ross, where they held a family seat on the lands of Tarrel in the barony of Tarbat. From early times they were a sept of the Ross Clan and later had close ties with the McIntoshes. However, they were a fierce and warlike Clan, and it is unlikely that their strength called for great allegiances with a larger Clan. They followed the Earls of Ross.

Further to the south in England, the name more often than not, was spelt Torrel or Torell. "The Torrels were seated at Torrel's-Preston, in Somersetshire, from the time of Henry II. 'William Torel was lord of the whole town of Isle-Brewers in this county, and was then fined in the sum of one mark for neglecting to make hue and cry after the death of Alured de Aneville.' There are 'monuments and other memorials' of the Torrells in the church of Great Shelford, Cambridgeshire. Torel was High Sheriff of the county 49 Edward III. William Torel, in 1260, had been a benefactor to Burton Lager Chapel, Leicestershire. William Torel was Sheriff of Herefordshire 29, 30 Hen. III. He was probably the descendant of another William Torel, who in the reign of Hen. I., held Pencumbia of the barony of Robert D'Ewyas. " [1]

Early History of the Tarrell family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tarrell research. Another 284 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1362, 1480, 1494, 1529, 1497, 1519, 1546 and 1544 are included under the topic Early Tarrell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Tarrell Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Tarrel, Tarrell, Terel, Terrel, Terrol, Teroll, Terroll, Terale and many more.

Early Notables of the Tarrell family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Tarrell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Tarrell migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Tarrell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James and Matthew Tarrell, who settled in New York State in 1820
  • H. O. Tarrell settled in San Francisco, California in 1850

Contemporary Notables of the name Tarrell (post 1700) +

  • Richard E. Tarrell, American Republican politician, Member of Wisconsin State Assembly from Lafayette County; Elected 1902 [2]
  • Tarrell Alvin McCraney (b. 1980), American playwright and actor


  1. ^ Cleveland, Dutchess of The Battle Abbey Roll with some Account of the Norman Lineages. London: John Murray, Abermarle Street, 1889. Print. Volume 3 of 3
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 27) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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