Thirlwell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Early Origins of the Thirlwell family
The surname Thirlwell 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.)" 
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." 
Early History of the Thirlwell family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Thirlwell 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 Thirlwell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Thirlwell Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Thirlwall, Thirlway, Thirwall, Thelwall, Thelwal and many more.
Early Notables of the Thirlwell 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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Thirlwell migration to the United States +
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Thirlwell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Robert Thirlwell, who was naturalized in Indiana sometime between 1838 and 1840
Thirlwell Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Maggie Thirlwell, aged 47, who immigrated to the United States from Maryport, in 1901
- William Thirlwell, aged 9, who immigrated to America from Maryport, in 1901
- Sallie Thirlwell, aged 45, who settled in America, in 1910
- Claud Thirlwell, aged 59, who landed in America from Peckham, England, in 1922
- Emily J.M. Thirlwell, aged 59, who settled in America from Peckham, England, in 1922
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Thirlwell 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:
Thirlwell Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Mr Thirlwell, who landed in Nelson, New Zealand in 1842 aboard the ship George Fife
Contemporary Notables of the name Thirlwell (post 1700) +
- Curly Thirlwell, American two-time Academy Award nominated sound engineer
- Paul Thirlwell (b. 1979), English footballer from Washington, Tyne and Wear
- Adam Thirlwell (b. 1978), British novelist
- James George Thirlwell (b. 1960), Australian singer, composer, and record producer from Melbourne
- Jim G Thirlwell (b. 1960), Australian, "industrial music" pioneer
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- ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.