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Attn: all Irlam researchers interested in origins Irlam name

Attn: all Irlam researchers interested in origins Irlam name

Posted: 1132904414000
Classification: Query
Hello all,

There is a Richard Earlam in London who has been researching the origins of this name as far back as he can go, using parish records, IGI, and civil registration records and these are his opinions so far on the origins of this name and variations:
1. The earliest record so far is a Margaret Irlam in Prestbury, Cheshire 1569
2, The Mormon Centre computers(assumably England) list all Irlam/Earlam/phonetic variations together.
3. Starting in the 1600's, the lines appeared to separate into Irlam and Earlam, etc variants.
4. During the period 1580-1830, the families were concentrated in the Flixton, Lancashire area, between the rivers Irwell and Mersey, about 175 people with sunames E-variants and over 400 with the Irlam spelling.

Both lines have descendants in Australia, Canada, US. I personally don't know the connections between the two however some of my Earlam family has seemed to appear in soome of the places that are some Irlams as well, so who knows?? (Meadville, PA, Alberta Canada)

Richard is a descendant of an Earlam line, and thus has focused much of his information on that line, but is interested in connecting with anyone who may have information on the Irlam variation as well. He has a very detailed multi-page resport on the town/area Irlam, etc. He is not online, but I help contact him if needed. .

There is also an Earlam researcher in Australia as well if there is interest there. .

Hope this helps, Pam G. in CA

Re: Attn: all Irlam researchers interested in origins Irlam name

Posted: 1336443451000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Irlam
Thanks this is very informative. Im an "Irlam" from Australia. I'd love to get in contact with the local researcher and see what he knows about the Irlam's arrival in Oz. Im struggling to identify which arrival Im related to.

Re: Australian Irlams

Posted: 1336451582000
Classification: Query
Hello Corey!

Thanks for your response; if you want send me your email directly, I can forward it to the people who were working on this many years back. I have not corresponded with them recently so am not sure of their status at this time, however I believe I will be in touch with Richard Earlam sometime in the next couple of months. He is the one who did all the research on the Irlam name. However, he generally does not use email. It may take awhile for a response but I'll keep your information with the others so hopefully you will be in the loop. Bye for now, Pam

Re: Australian Irlams

Posted: 1336451862000
Classification: Query
Thanks Pam,

It would be great learning what Richard has found out.

My email is

Im actually planning a trip to the UK in a few months and am making a pilgrimage to Irlam near Manchester to see the place presumably some of my ancestors came from in centuries gone by.

Really looking forward to it.


Re: Australian Irlams

Posted: 1336490450000
Classification: Query
Got it Corey!

I will pass along your information to Richard Earlam and ask him if he doesn't mind you contacting him. I'm in the midst of preparing for a trip to Germany on another side of my family (Richard goes to Germany in summers usually), so I may not be able to get back to you until later summer. When exactly do you leave to go? Feel free to send me another email in August if you haven't heard back from me before then. Pam
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