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The name Worrall first arose amongst the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is derived from their 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."

Worrall Early Origins



The surname Worrall 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. [1]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. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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Worrall Spelling Variations


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Worrall Spelling Variations



One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Worrall has appeared include Worrall, Worral, Worrell, Worrel, Worrill, Worril and others.

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Worrall Early History


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Worrall Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Worrall research. Another 229 words (16 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Worrall History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Worrall Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Worrall Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Worrall In Ireland


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Worrall In Ireland



Some of the Worrall family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included 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



At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Worrall arrived in North America very early:

Worrall Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • William Worrall arrived in St. Christopher in 1635
  • James Worrall, who landed in New England in 1638
  • William Worrall, who arrived in Virginia in 1658
  • John Worrall, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1682
  • Martha Worrall, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1682
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Worrall Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Ottowell Worrall, who arrived in America in 1804
  • Robert Worrall, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1855
  • Samuel Worrall, who landed in Arkansas in 1898

Worrall Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Worrall, English convict from Staffordshire, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Almorah voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1817 with 180 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/almorah/1817
  • William Worrall, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Agamemnon" on April 22, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Agamemnon voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1820 with 179 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/agamemnon/1820

Worrall Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • James Worrall, aged 24, a farm labourer, arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Clarence" in 1875

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Contemporary Notables of the name Worrall (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Worrall (post 1700)



  • Simon Worrall (b. 1984), English rugby league player
  • Mike Worrall (b. 1942), English-born, Australian artist and designer
  • Joe Worrall (b. 1945), former English association football referee
  • Harry Worrall (1918-1979), English association football player
  • George Worrall (1855-1930), English association football player
  • Frank Worrall (b. 1961), English journalist and author
  • David Worrall (b. 1990), English association football player
  • Mark Worrall (b. 1961), British author
  • Madeleine Worrall (b. 1977), Scottish actress
  • James Worrall (b. 1914), Canadian lawyer, Olympic athlete, sports administrator
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Worrall Historic Events


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Worrall Historic Events




Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. Herbert Horace Worrall (1894-1914), English Third Class Passenger from Sheffield, England, United Kingdom who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914

HMS Hood

  • Mr. Arthur Worrall (b. 1920), English Stoker 2nd Class serving for the Royal Navy from Darlington, County Durham, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

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Citations


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  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Almorah voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1817 with 180 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/almorah/1817
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Agamemnon voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1820 with 179 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/agamemnon/1820

Other References

  1. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  2. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  3. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  4. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  5. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  7. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  8. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  9. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  10. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
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The Worrall Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Worrall 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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