The surname of MURRILL is a was a locational name 'of Muirhall' in Carnwath, Lanarkshire. Almost every city, town or village extant in the Middle Ages has served to name one or more families. While a man lived in a town or village he would not be known by its name, as that would be no means of identification - all in the village would be so named. But when a man left his birthplace or village where he had been known and went elsewhere, people would likely refer to him by the name of his former residence or by the name of the land which he owned. Some had the name of a manor or village because they were lords of that place and owned it, but the majority descend from vassals of freeman who once had lived there. It was also a baptismal name 'the son of Muriel', a favourite and still popular girl's personal name. Early records of the name mention Matilda Miriel, County Cambridge, 1273. Thomas filius Murrelle of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. Jeames Murrial and Margaret Shingleton were married in London in the year 1550. Henrie Muirhall in Leith, accepted the kings coronation in the year of 1567. Merriall Saltonstall, aged 22, and her daughter Murrell, embarked on the ship Suzan, for New England, America in the year 1635.
Since the dawn of civilisation the need to communicate has been a prime drive of all higher mankind. The more organised the social structure became, the more urgent the need to name places, objects and situations essential to the survival and existence of the social unit. From this common stem arose the requirements to identify families, tribes and individual members evolving into a pattern in evidence today. In the formation of this history, common usage of customs, trades, locations, patronymic and generic terms were often adopted as surnames. The demands of bureaucracy formally introduced by feudal lords in the 11th century, to define the boundaries and families within their fiefdoms, crystallized the need for personal identification and accountability, and surnames became in general use from this time onwards.
The associated arms are recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory.
Ulster King of Arms in 1884.
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