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Updated June 9, 2019

Family name origins & meanings

  • English and Irish of uncertain origin : of uncertain origin: perhaps from a Norman nickname for a stubborn person, from Old French tirel, used of an animal which pulls on the reins, a derivative of tirer ‘to pull’.
  • English and Irish of uncertain origin : Woulfe suggests that it may be from the personal name Thurold, Old Norse Thorvaldr, composed of the elements þórr, name of the Norse god of thunder (see Thor) + valdr ‘rule’.

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