The name Worrill is an old Anglo-Saxon
name. It comes from when a family 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 Worrill family
The surname Worrill 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 Worrill family
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Worrill Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon
surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Worrill were recorded, including Worrall, Worral, Worrell, Worrel, Worrill, Worril and others.
Early Notables of the Worrill family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Worrill family to Ireland
Some of the Worrill 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 Worrill family to the New World and Oceana
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Worrill family emigrate to North America:
Worrill Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Henry Worrill, who settled in Maryland in 1734
- William Worrill, who arrived in America in 1760-1763 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Contemporary Notables of the name Worrill (post 1700)
- Walter F. Worrill (1915-2013), American YMCA executive, member of the YMCA Hall of Fame
- Dr. Conrad Worrill (b. 1941), African-American writer, educator, activist, and former talk show host