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The EARLAM name derived from the name of the township of IRLAM (or Irwellham as it was originally known) in the county of Lancashire in England.

There are many variations on the name Earlam, including IRLAM, EARLHAM, EARLHOM, EARLEM, EARLUM, EARLOM, EARLOME, ERLAM, EORLUM, EORLOM, URLAM, URLHAM and so forth.

"Erlam, Earlem, Earlam
-Local 'of Irlam', a hamlet in the township of Barton-on-Irwell, near Manchester; v. Irlam
George Erlam, of Erlam, husbandman, 1617: Wills at Chester (1621-50), p.74
Thomas Erlam, of Eccles, innkeeper, 1636: ibid"
Local, 'of Irlam'. This locality near Manchester generally goes by the name of 'Irlam o'th Heights'.
John Erlam, of Cadishead, 1590: Wills at Chester (1545-1620), p.61
Alexander Irlam, of Irlam, 1595: ibid, p.107
Thomas Irlam, of Pendlebury, 1601" ibid.
1743. Married-Nathaniel Irlam and Ann Ralph: St. Geo Chap. Mayfair, p.33"
Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames, C W Bardsley (1980)

The town of Irlam in Lancashire was first associated with an Irlam family in the 13th century.

This website is an attempt to bring together a great deal of research by those interested in the EARLAM family from England, Ireland, Australia and America.

We are always very pleased to hear from others who are also interested in researching this name and in exchanging information. We are grateful for suggestions on how we might improve the website and really enjoy hearing from others about their research.

Please feel most welcome to us. If you have not been able to find what you are looking for, why not drop us a line? We may be able to help.

Joyce Tunstead

There is an Irlam Mailing List on Rootsweb. Click on links below to join either the regular or digest form of the list.
IRLAM-D (digest)

We are always looking for volunteers to help with special projects that add to the source material that is already available on the website. You don't have to be an expert at family history. Regardless of where you live, whatever time you are able to offer would be very
gratefully accepted.

View our current projects and
list of wonderful volunteers


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