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Wirral Early Origins



The surname Wirral was first found in Cheshire at Wirral, a peninsula bounded by the River Dee, the River Mersey and to the north the Irish Sea. Historically part of Cheshire, its boundaries were set in the Domesday Book as "Two arrow falls from Chester City Walls." Actually, the place name dates back further to at least the 10th century where it was listed as Wirhealum and Wirheale. The name literally means "place at the nook(s) where bog-myrtle grows." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Another reference gives a different meaning of the Wirheal as "myrtle-corner", from the Old English wir, a myrtle tree, and heal, an angle, corner or slope. Bog myrtle or myrica gale is a species of a deciduous shrub and flowering plant that is also named sweet gale. The Hundred of Wirral is the ancient administrative area for the Wirral Peninsula.

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Wirral Spelling Variations


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Wirral Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Wirral, Wirrall, Wirall, Wyrrall, Wyrall, Wyrell, Wyrrel, Wyrell, Wirriall, Wirrial and many more.

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Wirral Early History


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Wirral Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wirral research. Another 313 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1600, 1241, 1394, 1415, 1420, 1487, 1455 and 1487 are included under the topic Early Wirral History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Wirral Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Wirral Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Wirral Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

Other References

  1. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  2. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  3. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  5. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  6. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  7. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  8. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  9. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  10. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
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The Wirral Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Wirral Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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