Worrell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the name Worrell 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 Worrell family

The surname Worrell 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] 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]

Early History of the Worrell family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Worrell research. Another 115 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 161 and 1614 are included under the topic Early Worrell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Worrell Spelling Variations

Worrell 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 Worrell have been found, including Worrall, Worral, Worrell, Worrel, Worrill, Worril and others.

Early Notables of the Worrell family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Worrell family to Ireland

Some of the Worrell 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.


United States Worrell migration to the United States +

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 Worrells to arrive on North American shores:

Worrell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • William Worrell, who landed in Maryland in 1658 [3]
  • John Worrell, who landed in Maryland in 1659 [3]
  • Peter Worrell, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1682 [3]
  • Richard Worrell, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1682 [3]
  • Sarah Worrell, who settled in Barbados in 1686
Worrell Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Joseph Worrell, who arrived in Virginia in 1711 [3]
Worrell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James Worrell, aged 45, who arrived in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1828 [3]

Canada Worrell migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Worrell Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Grooby Worrell, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1778

Australia Worrell migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Worrell Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Joseph Edward Worrell, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Abberton" in 1849 [4]
  • Joseph Worrell, aged 19, a carpenter, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Blundell"
  • James Worrell, aged 26, who arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Marion" [5]
  • Brierley Worrell, aged 34, a gardener, who arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Gilmore"

New Zealand Worrell migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Worrell Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Thomas Worrell, Cornish settler travelling from Launceston aboard the ship "Will O the Wisp" arriving in New Zealand in 1852 [6]
  • Lillias Worrell, aged 21, a servant, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Dallam Tower" in 1875

Contemporary Notables of the name Worrell (post 1700) +

  • George Bernard "Bernie" Worrell Jr. (b. 1944), American keyboardist and composer, best known for his work with Talking Heads, inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997
  • Todd Roland Worrell (b. 1959), American retired Major League Baseball relief pitcher
  • Timothy Howard "Tim" Worrell (b. 1967), American Major League Baseball relief pitcher
  • Rebecca Worrell (b. 1991), American artist
  • Mark Robert Worrell (b. 1983), American Major League Baseball player
  • Cameron Worrell (b. 1979), American NFL football safety
  • Trix Worrell (b. 1960), English writer and director
  • Peter Worrell (b. 1977), Canadian retired NHL ice hockey player who played for the Florida Panthers and the Colorado Avalanche
  • Sir Frank Mortimer Maglinne Worrell (1924-1967), West Indies cricketer and Jamaican senator
  • Eric Worrell MBE (1924-1987), Australian herpetologist
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. Fred A. Worrell, English 3rd Class passenger residing in New York, New York, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [7]


Suggested Readings for the name Worrell +

  • 2808 "Ancestors & Descendants of Jonathan Worrell, 1833-1915" by Donna Kelly.

  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. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The ABBERTON 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Abberton.htm
  5. ^ South Australian Register 1857. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Marion 1857. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/marion1857.shtml
  6. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  7. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/


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