name Tyrone comes from its first bearer, who was a stubborn or obstinate person. The surname Tyrone is derived from the Old French word tirer,
which means to draw.
This is used in the same sense as the word tirand,
which means "one who pulls on the reins;" 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 Tyrone family
The surname Tyrone
was first found in Essex
where one of the first records of the name is Walter Tirel III, (1065-c. 1100), Castellan of Pontoise and Lord of Poix, son of Walter Tirell II. CITATION[CLOSE]
The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
He is remembered for his involvement in the death of King William II (William Rufus) on a hunting trip in the New Forest on August 2nd, 1100. Some say it was an accident when Walter shot an arrow at a stag which glanced from the beast and struck King William II, while others disagree. However, accordingly to chroniclers of the time, they parted at the beginning of the hunt on good terms, but the king was later found with one of the arrows given to Walter by the king in his chest. There is a stone in the Forest at Stoney Cross marking the spot where the King fell.
Walter's grandson Hugh Tyrrel (died 1199) took part in the Norman Conquest of Ireland where he became the first Baron of Castleknock and later took part in the Third Crusade.
Another distinct branch of the family was found at Gipping in Suffolk. "This place, which takes its name from the small river Gipping, is the property of C. Tyrell, Esq., whose ancestor, Sir Walter Tyrell, Knt., held the lordship at the time of the Domesday survey." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Tyrone family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tyrone
research.Another 251 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1423, 1450, 1502, 1502, 1597, 1676, 1661, 1676, 1617, 1701, 1643, 1718, 1642, 1718, 1623 and 1676 are included under the topic Early Tyrone History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Tyrone Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Tyrone
has been spelled many different ways, including Tyrell, Terrell, Terrill, Tyrill, Turrell, Tirell, Tyrrell and many more.
Early Notables of the Tyrone family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Sir James Tyrrell (c.1450-1502) was an English knight, a trusted servant of King Richard III of England
, he confessed to the murders of King Edward V of England
and his brother Richard of Shrewsbury, 1st Duke of York and was beheaded at Tower... Another 72 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Tyrone Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Tyrone family to Ireland
Some of the Tyrone
family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 65 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Tyrone family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Tyrones to arrive in North America: Daniel Turrell, who arrived in Boston in 1640; Edward Tirrell, who came to Virginia in 1653; Alice Turrell, who settled in Barbados in 1664; John Tirrell, who arrived in Virginia in 1672.
Contemporary Notables of the name Tyrone (post 1700)
- Bernard Tyrone, American basketball coach
- Abe Tyrone, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Mississippi, 1960 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 1) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
- Stephen Tyrone Colbert (b. 1964), American five-time Primetime Emmy Award winning political satirist, writer, comedian, television host, and actor, best known as the host of Comedy Central's The Colbert Report
- Flight Lieutenant Alfred Tyrone Cooke VrC, Indian hero of the Indo-Pakistani wars who shot down a Sabre jet and severely damaging another; he was honoured with the Vir Chakra in September 1965
- Percy Tyrone Sledge (1941-2015), American R&B and soul performer, best known for the song "When a Man Loves a Woman", a No. 1 hit on both the Billboard Hot 100 and R&B singles charts in 1966, inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2005
- Dana Tyrone Rohrabacher (b. 1947), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from California (2013-)
- Donald Tyrone Veal (b. 1984), American Major League Baseball pitcher for the Chicago White Sox
- Anthony Tyrone Slaton (b. 1961), former American NFL football offensive lineman
- Kevin Tyrone Eubank (b. 1957), American jazz guitarist and composer
- Sir William Tyrone Guthrie (1900-1971), English theatrical director, founding member of the Stratford Festival of Canada