My Family Tree
Thomas Alfred Attrill's story
of H. Attrill &Sons IOW
to the Attrill Family Genealogy site.
We are Rod and Moira Attrill, I am from
Hampshire, Moira is from
West Wales where we now live (homepage).
The Attrill family - with its various
spellings originated on the Isle of Wight where the vast majority still
live. Many others are in Hampshire - most in the Portsmouth and Gosport
areas. Katie Fuller has produced an Attrill surname distribution
map for 1881 that shows more than 80% of British Attrills lived in
Hampshire (including the IOW). It does not show Attrills in Dorset
here for a copy of that map.
The name Attrill has a number of present
day derivatives, Atrill, Attrell, etc. However, the earliest records
show a far wider variety of spellings from those found today. Some of
these from the Isle of Wight Records Office archives are listed below:
- Trill , John, 1406, a mason.
- Tryll, Richard 1555 (of Chillerton)
- Atrel, 1559.
- Attryll, Alice 1560, (of Carisbrooke.)
- Tril, Thomas 1571 (of Shorwell)
- Atril, John 1571
John Trill of Lower Rill Farm, Billingham
(1570) offers a possible explanation for the origin of the name. He may have been known
as John at
rill (John Attrill). I have heard a number of other
explanations of the name, but this one seems to be one of the more feasible.
My Great Grandfather was born in
Whippingham on the Island and like many others Islanders of the last
century joined the navy and travelled the world. He eventually settled in
nearby Gosport where my Grandfather was born. My family tree - going
back to the eighteenth century is HERE.
On this site I hope to post information
that will help other Attrills in their quest for their roots. I will be
pleased to post a link to your own web page or to include your Attrill
information, question, or enquiry on the 'Messages' page.
There is another Attrill Family history
page with a message forum at genealogy.com.