The English, Scottish, and northern Irish surname Burrell is a metonymic occupational name for someone who made or sold coarse woolen cloth, from the Middle English term burel or borel (from Old French burel, a diminutive of b(o)ure). The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Roger Burel, which was dated 1194, in the Pipe Rolls, Wiltshire. In St. Mary's Whitechapel, London one Ann Elizabeth Borrill was christened on 5th February 1748. The name is first recorded in the New World in 1630 when George Borrell settled in Massachusetts. Today there are approximately 23,000 bearers of the name Burrell living in the US.