It is an English surname also used as a given name. The origin dates back to the pre-8th century during the Danish-Viking era, and may derive from two possible sources. 1) It derives from the Middle French “tirez”, meaning “to draw, draw a sword”, from Old French “tirer” meaning “to draw, pull out with great effort, snatch violently, tear away”. The personal name was recorded in the Domesday Book for the county of Suffolk in 1086. It is possible that for some nameholders the derivation may be from the Old French "Tirel", thought to be a Norman nickname for a stubborn person! Tirel was a word used to describe an animal which pulled at the reins. 2) The name could be derived from Old Norse God name “týr”, from the Ancient Germanic word “*tíuz”, meaning (God).