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Origins Available: English, Irish


The surname Tyrrell 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.

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

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


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tyrrell research. Another 181 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1597, 1676, 1688, 1224, 1692, 1676, 1689, 1617, 1701, 1619, 1693, 1646 and 1692 are included under the topic Early Tyrrell History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Tyrrell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • William Tyrrell, who arrived in Virginia in 1667

Tyrrell Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Michael Tyrrell, who arrived in America in 1739

Tyrrell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Patrick Tyrrell, who arrived in New York in 1837
  • Bridget Tyrrell, who was on record in Pittsburgh in 1854

Tyrrell Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Robert Tyrrell, who arrived at Halifax in 1749
  • Robert Tyrrell, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749

Tyrrell Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • James Tyrrell, who came to Canada in 1827
  • James Tyrrell, aged 24, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1834 aboard the brig "Sea Horse" from Galway
  • Mary Tyrrell, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1836

Tyrrell Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Robert Tyrrell, a baker, arrived in Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Reuben Tyrrell, aged 21, a shoemaker, arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Stag"
  • Edwin Tyrrell arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Bolivar" in 1850
  • Thomas Tyrrell arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Caroline Agnes" in 1850
  • James Tyrrell, aged 19, arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Marion"


Tyrrell Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Thomas Tyrrell landed in Nelson, New Zealand in 1842
  • Walter Tyrrell, aged 23, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Douglas" in 1873
  • Alfred Tyrrell, aged 19, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Strathnaver" in 1874

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  • Susan Tyrrell (1945-2012), born Susan Jillian Creamer, an American Academy Award nominated actress, known for her roles in Cry-Baby (1990), Powder (1995) and Tales of Ordinary Madness (1981)
  • William Tyrrell, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1872
  • John F. Tyrrell, American Republican politician, Illinois Republican State Chair, 1937, 1945; Member of Illinois Republican State Central Committee, 1943
  • Francis X. Tyrrell, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 1912, 1928; Candidate for U.S. Representative from Massachusetts 9th District, 1926
  • Chester W. Tyrrell, American Republican politician, First Selectman of Monroe, Connecticut, 1920-27; Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Monroe; Elected 1930
  • Emmett Tyrrell (b. 1943), American conservative magazine editor, New York Times bestselling author, and columnist
  • George Tyrrell (1861-1909), Irish theologian
  • Professor Robert Yelverton Tyrrell (1844-1914), Irish classical scholar and poet
  • Mr. Frederick Levi Tyrrell (d. 1941), British Ordinary Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking
  • Robert Kenneth "Ken" Tyrrell (1924-2001), British Formula Two racing driver and the founder of the Tyrrell Formula One constructor

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  2. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
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  6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  7. Woulfe, Rev. Patrick. Irish Names and Surnames Collected and Edited with Explanatory and Historical Notes. Kansas City: Genealogical Foundation, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-940134-403).
  8. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  9. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  10. Woodham-Smith, Cecil. The Great Hunger Ireland 1845-1849. New York: Old Town Books, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-385-3).
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