The ancestors of the name Varwill date back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence in Worral, a place in the West Riding of Yorkshire
. The place-name Worral is composed of the Old English elements wir,
which means "myrtle" and halh,
which means "nook or corner of land." The place-name translates as "nook of land where bog-myrtle grows."
Early Origins of the Varwill family
The surname Varwill was first found in Yorkshire
, at Worrall, a small rural village and parish which dates back to at least the Domesday Book
where it was listed as Wihale, part of the lands held by Roger de Busli. By 1218, some records show the village's name as Wirhal. CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Today it is within the boundaries of the City of Sheffield and has a population of about 1,306 as of 2006. At one time, Knotty-Ash House in Lancashire
was the property of the Worrall family. CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Varwill family
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Varwill Spelling Variations
Varwill has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Varwill have been found, including Worrall, Worral, Worrell, Worrel, Worrill, Worril and others.
Early Notables of the Varwill family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Varwill family to Ireland
Some of the Varwill family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 85 words (6 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 Varwill family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Varwills to arrive on North American shores: Peter and Mary Worral settled in Pennsylvania in 1687; Martha Worrall settled in Philadelphia in 1682; Richard Worrall settled in Pennsylvania in 1699.