The surname of VERRILL was a locational name from a spot in East Sussex. The name is possibly a corruption of Ferle, a parish near Lewis. The name is found in old documents as Firle. Local names usually denoted where a man held his land, and actually lived. Habitation names are derived from names denoting towns, villages, farmsteads or other named places, which include rivers, houses with signs on them, regions, or whole counties. The original bearer of the name who stayed in his area might be known by the name of his farm, or the locality in the parish; someone who moved to another town might be known by the name of his village; while someone who moved to another county could acquire the name of that county or the region from which he originated. Early records of the name mention FIRLE (without surname) who was documented in the year 1185, County Sussex, and William Verrill was recorded in County Essex in the year 1300. The acquisition of surnames in Europe and England, during the last eight hundred years has been affected by many factors, including social class and social structure, naming practices in cultures and traditions. On the whole the richer and more powerful classes tended to acquire surnames earlier than the working class or the poor, while surnames were quicker to catch on in urban areas than in more sparsely populated rural areas. The bulk of surnames in England were formed in the 13th and 14th centuries. The process started earlier and continued in place names into the 19th century, but the norm is that in the 11th century people did not have surnames, whereas by the 15th century they did. A later instance of the name mentions Edmund Wyllson and Johanna Ferrall, who married in London in the year of 1575.
The associated arms are recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884.
The name is also spelt FERRILL.
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