Thirlwall History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Thirlwall family

The surname Thirlwall was first found in Northumberland, where they held a family seat at Thirlwall Castle on the bank of the River Tipalt which dates back to about the 12th-century castle. It was fortified in about 1330 by John Thirlwall.

"Thirlewall Castle, now a picturesque ruin in Northumberland, near Gilsland Spa, was the residence of the family in early times. Thirlwall is on, and derives its name from, the celebrated Roman Wall, which at this point was thirled or bored through (Anglo-Saxon: thryrlian.)" [1]

In 1999, the Northumberland National Park Authority took over the management of the castle to prevent further decay. Another source provides a cleared understanding of the etymology of the place name. "It has its name from the Roman thralling or barrier wall running through it, to thirl, in the old Northumberland dialect, signifying to bind or enthral. Its proprietors in remote times were called barons, and held under the kings of Scotland as lords of Tindale. The church of Hexham acquired lands here at an early period; the Swinburnes had possessions within the manor in the time of Edward I., and, by marriage with the Thirlwalls, became possessed of the whole estate, which they afterwards sold to Henry, Earl of Carlisle. Mention of a castle first occurs in 1369." [2]

Early History of the Thirlwall family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Thirlwall research. Another 189 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1150, 1290, 1528, 1562, 1630, 1601, 1659, 1640, 1648, 1654, 1616, 1797 and 1875 are included under the topic Early Thirlwall History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Thirlwall Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Thirlwall, Thirlway, Thirwall, Thelwall, Thelwal and many more.

Early Notables of the Thirlwall family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family at this time was Sir Bevis Thirlwall who married into the Lloyds of Denbigh. Sir Eubule Thelwall (1562-1630), was Principal of Jesus College, Oxford, fifth son of John Thelwall of Bathafarn, near Ruthin. Simon Thelwall (1601-1659), was an English politician, Member of Parliament for...
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United States Thirlwall migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Thirlwall Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Mary Thirlwall, aged 61, who arrived in America, in 1895
  • Max Thirlwall, aged 20, who arrived in America, in 1895
Thirlwall Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Martha Thirlwall, aged 38, who arrived in America, in 1904
  • Edward Thirlwall, aged 30, who arrived in America from Lyton, England, in 1907
  • Elizabeth Thirlwall, aged 32, who arrived in America from Ryton-on-tyne, England, in 1912
  • Mary Isabella Thirlwall, aged 9, who arrived in America from Ryton-on-tyne, England, in 1912
  • Edith Thirlwall, aged 31, who arrived in America from Liverpool, England, in 1920

Contemporary Notables of the name Thirlwall (post 1700) +

  • Newell Connop Thirlwall (1797-1875), English historian and bishop of St. David's, born in London, namesake of the Thirlwall Prize at Cambridge University, third son of the Rev. Thomas Thirlwall (d. 1827), the son of Thomas Thirlwall (d. 1808), vicar of Cottingham, near Hull
  • Jade Amelia Thirlwall (b. 1992), English singer, known for her work with Little Mix, a British girl group formed in 2011
  • Anthony Philip "Tony" Thirlwall (b. 1941), British Professor of Applied Economics at the University of Kent who developed Thirlwall's law

  1. ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print. on Facebook
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