Last name: Tyrrell
Recorded in the spellings of Turle, Turrill, Terrell, Tyrrell, Tirrell, Terrell, and possibly others, this is an English surname. It is however of either pre 8th century Danish-Viking or Old French origins. It is believed to derive from the Old Danish female personal name "Thorold", which was very popular in 11th Century England. The personal name was recorded in the Domesday Book for the county of Suffolk in 1086. It is possible that for some nameholders the derivation may be from the Old French "Tirel", thought to be a Norman nickname for a stubborn person! Tirel was a word used to describe an animal which pulled at the reins. A sizeable group of early European surnames were gradually created from the habitual use of nicknames. The nicknames were given in reference to occupation, or to a variety of characteristics or physical attributes. Early examples of the surname recordings include Claricia Thourild and Walter Thurild in the Hundred Rolls of Oxfordshire in 1279, while the Court Rolls of the Manor of Wakefield mention John Torild in 1308. Recordings from London Church Registers include: the christening of Anne Turrell on December 28th 1554, at St. Martin Ludgate; the marriage of Avice Turall and John Daniell at St. Olave's, Hart Street; and the marriage of Agnes Tyrrl and Robert Davis on July 1st 1599, at St. Katherine by the Tower. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Ralph Turold, which was dated 1273, in the "Hundred Rolls of Suffolk", during the reign of King Edward 1st of England, 1272 - 1307. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.
© Copyright: Name Origin Research www.surnamedb.com 1980 - 2015
Want to dig deeper into your family history? Take a look at our page on building a Family Tree
. Or get scientific and enter the exciting world of Ancestral DNA
Hey there are a lot of us about you are not alone
I always wondered how other Tyrrell's pronounce the name...I have given up trying to correct people when they say it. Rhyme it with "Carol"...like Carol of the Bells...but with a "T" and that's how I pronounce it. Anybody else like that?
Would love to trace my family tree, I am a Jamaican didn't know where the name originated from. Good to know.
Hi to all Tyrrell's
My lineage come from london uk, cant trace to far back. Have been told all of us are related and date back to a Tyrrell who supposedly killed the twin princes in the white tower in the tower of london. Has anyone else heard this story?
I pronounce it like squirrell by the way
My name is Tyrrell Brown. It is fascinating to find out it is a surname.
My name is Tyrrell Brown. It is fascinating to find my name is a surname
Hi I'm June Tyrrell from Essex , Grandad was Robert Tyrell from colier row, Romford any family out the there.
Tyrrell's Wines in Australia did a full family history from William II to now times. Most of us would have been related at some time and have a similar descendant