Werrel is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon
origin and comes from the family once having lived 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 Werrel family
The surname Werrel 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 Werrel family
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Werrel Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Werrel family name include Worrall, Worral, Worrell, Worrel, Worrill, Worril and others.
Early Notables of the Werrel family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Werrel family to Ireland
Some of the Werrel 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 Werrel family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Werrel surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Peter and Mary Worral settled in Pennsylvania in 1687; Martha Worrall settled in Philadelphia in 1682; Richard Worrall settled in Pennsylvania in 1699.