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Where did the English Beall family come from? When did the Beall family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Beall family history?

The Beall surname is thought to have been created from one of the places so named (in Northumberland, and in West Yorkshire). The place name derives from the Old English "beo," meaning "bee" and "hyll," meaning "hill." There is also a Norman name Beall derived from the Old French "bel."

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Beal, Beale, Beall, Bealle, Beel, Beele, Beales, Bealer and many more.

First found in Northumberland. Today Beeley is a village and civil parish in the Derbyshire Dales district of northern Derbyshire, near Bakewell. In the Domesday Book, the place name was listed as Begelie [1]


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Beall research. Another 121 words(9 lines of text) covering the years 1203, 1608, 1683, 1621, 1684, 1660, 1664, 1665, 1632, 1699 and 1674 are included under the topic Early Beall History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 129 words(9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Beall Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Beall Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • John Beall, who landed in Hingham, Massachusetts in 1638
  • Ninian Beall, who arrived in Maryland in 1652
  • Thomas Beall, who landed in Maryland in 1659
  • Robt Beall, who arrived in Virginia in 1663
  • William Beall, who landed in Maryland in 1664


Beall Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • James M Beall, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850

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  • Lester Beall (1903-1969), American graphic designer
  • Samuel Beall Jr. (1807-1868), second Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin
  • John Glenn Beall (1927-2006), Republican member of the United States Senate (1971-1977)
  • Matthew G. Beall (b. 1962), American abstract artist


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  • Alexander Beall of Maryland, 1649-1744: One Line of Descent in America by William Hunter McLean.
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  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

Other References

  1. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  2. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  3. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  4. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  5. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  7. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  8. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  9. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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