Terrill History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Terrill is derived from the Old French word "tirel," derived from "tirer," "to pull." The word was often used to refer to an animal that pulled carts; thus it may be that it was used as a nickname for a stubborn person, before coming to be used as a hereditary surname.

Early Origins of the Terrill family

The surname Terrill was first found in Westmeath (Irish: An Iarmhí) in the Irish Midlands, province of Leinster, where a Terrill family obtained a grant of most of the barony of Fertullagh, as well as the lordship of Castleknock in County Dublin.

The family "was, also found in Ireland. 'Hugh Tirell' was one of Strongbow's knights; and 'Castle Knoc,' says Camden, ' was heretofore the barony of the Tirels, whose Estate by females was transferr'd to other Families about the year

1370.' " [1]

Early History of the Terrill family

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Terrill Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Tyrell, Terrell, Terrill, Tyrill, Tirell, Tyrrell and many more.

Early Notables of the Terrill family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family up to this time was Hugh Tirrell, who was seneschal of Ulster in 1224; The Most Reverend Patrick Tyrrell (died 1692), an Irish clergyman, Bishop of Clogher (1676-1689); Sir Timothy Tyrrell (1617-1701), Captain of a Cavalry Regiment, Colonel of a...
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Terrill Ranking

In the United States, the name Terrill is the 4,589th most popular surname with an estimated 7,461 people with that name. [2]


United States Terrill migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Terrill Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Jane Terrill, who arrived in Virginia in 1652 [3]
  • William Terrill, who arrived in Virginia in 1667 [3]
Terrill Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Honner Terrill, who arrived in Virginia in 1749 [3]
Terrill Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Stephen Terrill, (b. 1855), aged 19, Cornish settler departing from Bristol aboard the ship "Cornwall" arriving in the United States on 1 May 1874 [4]
  • Harry F Terrill, aged 24, who immigrated to the United States from London, in 1897
Terrill Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Ethel Terrill, aged 30, who immigrated to America from Devon, in 1905
  • Cathrine Terrill, aged 59, who immigrated to the United States, in 1908
  • Anna Terrill, aged 44, who landed in America, in 1910
  • Clarence V. Terrill, aged 21, who landed in America from Cambowrne, England, in 1914
  • Arthur Terrill, aged 35, who immigrated to the United States, in 1920
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Terrill migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Terrill Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Anthony Terrill U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [5]
  • Mr. Anthony Terrill U.E. born in Dutchess County, New York who settled in Queens County, New Brunswick c. 1784 [5]

Australia Terrill migration to Australia +

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

Terrill Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. James Terrill, (b. 1821), aged 30, Cornish miner, from Camborne, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "Garland" arriving in New South Wales, Australia on 15th March 1851 [6]
  • Mrs. Mary Terrill, (b. 1819), aged 32, Cornish settler, from St. Austell, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "Garland" arriving in New South Wales, Australia on 15th March 1851 [6]
  • Miss Emily Terrill, (b. 1846), aged 5, Cornish settler, from Camborne, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "Garland" arriving in New South Wales, Australia on 15th March 1851 [6]
  • Mr. James Terrill, (b. 1848), aged 3, Cornish settler, from Camborne, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "Garland" arriving in New South Wales, Australia on 15th March 1851 [6]
  • Mr. George Terrill, (b. 1832), aged 22, Cornish blacksmith departing from Plymouth on 2nd August 1854 aboard the ship "Panama" arriving in Portland, Victoria, Australia on 23rd October 1854 [7]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Terrill migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Terrill Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mrs. Jane Terrill, (b. 1822), aged 40, Cornish domestic servant departing on 5th August 1862 aboard the ship "Chrysolite" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 24th November 1862 [8]
  • Mr. John Terrill, (b. 1842), aged 20, Cornish farm labourer departing on 5th August 1862 aboard the ship "Chrysolite" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 24th November 1862 [8]
  • Miss Phillippa Terrill, (b. 1843), aged 19, Cornish settler departing on 5th August 1862 aboard the ship "Chrysolite" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 24th November 1862 [8]
  • Mr. John Terrill, (b. 1842), aged 20, British farm labourer travelling from London aboard the ship "Queen of Mersey" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, Southland, South Island, New Zealand on 20th October 1862 [9]
  • Mrs. Phillippa Terrill, (b. 1843), aged 19, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Queen of Mersey" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, Southland, South Island, New Zealand on 20th October 1862 [9]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

West Indies Terrill migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [10]
Terrill Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • James Terrill, aged 20, who landed in Barbados in 1635 [3]
  • Thomas Terrill, aged 18, who landed in St Christopher in 1635 [3]
  • Mr. James Terrill, (b. 1615), aged 20, British settler travelling from Gravesend, England aboard the ship "Falcon" arriving in Barbados in 1636 [11]

Contemporary Notables of the name Terrill (post 1700) +

  • William R. Terrill (1834-1862), American Brigadier General who was killed in action during the American Civil War
  • Marshall Terrill (b. 1963), American biographer and journalist
  • Craig Terrill (b. 1980), American professional NFL football player
  • John William Terrill (b. 1867), American Democratic Party politician, Maries County Prosecuting Attorney; Member of Missouri State House of Representatives from Maries County, 1903-04, 1929-32; Chair of Maries County Democratic Party, 1921
  • James H. Terrill (1862-1943), American Democratic Party politician, Pharmacist; Mayor of Rahway, New Jersey, 1904-05
  • Henry Terrill, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for Illinois, 1916
  • Francis G. Terrill, American Republican politician, Candidate for supervisor of Plymouth Township, Michigan, 1890
  • Ernest R. Terrill, American politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Oneida County 1st District, 1938
  • Edwin Glover Terrill (1820-1898), American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Brookfield, 1867
  • Charles C. Terrill, American politician, Member of California State Assembly 8th District, 1873-75
  • ... (Another 8 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  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. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  3. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  4. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to New York 1820 - 1891 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_new_york_1820_1891.pdf
  5. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  6. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_1850_59.pdf
  7. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_australia_victoria.pdf
  8. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to Lyttelton 1858-84 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/new_zealand_assisted.pdf
  9. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  10. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_West_Indies
  11. ^ Pilgrim Ship Lists Early 1600's retrieved 28th September 2021. (Retrieved from https://www.packrat-pro.com/ships/shiplist.htm)


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