Terrel History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Terrel family

The surname Terrel 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 Terrel family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Terrel 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 Terrel History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Terrel Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Terrel family (pre 1700)

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United States Terrel migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Terrel Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Edward Terrel, who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1763

Australia Terrel migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Terrel Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Elizabeth Terrel, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "British Sovereign" in 1847 [2]
  • William Terrel, aged 24, who arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Confiance" [3]
  • Maria Terrel, aged 22, a house maid, who arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Confiance" [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Terrel (post 1700) +

  • Charles Lynn Terrel, American Financial Consultant, Washington, DC
  • Terrel Howard Bell (1921-1996), American politician, Secretary of Education, 1981-84 [4]
  • Terrel M. LeCesne, American politician, Mayor of Inkster, Michigan, 1975-78 [4]
  • Terrel III Shepherd, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 2008 [5]
  • Terrel E. Clarke (1920-1997), American politician, Member of Illinois State House of Representatives, 1957-67; Member of Illinois State Senate, 1967-77 [6]


  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. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BRITISH SOVEREIGN 1847. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1847BritishSovereign.htm
  3. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 30th November 1858. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Confiance 1858. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/confiance1858.shtml.
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 9) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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