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An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright 2000 - 2014

Origins Available: English, German, Scottish

Where did the English Steel family come from? What is the English Steel family crest and coat of arms? When did the Steel family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Steel family history?

The history of the name Steel goes back 1066 when the Norman Conquest of England occurred. Soon after this event, the name would have been given to a person who was strong or reliable. The surname Steele is a metaphor likening the constitution of its bearer to the hard metal of the same name.

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The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Steel has been recorded under many different variations, including Steele, Steill, Steel, Steal and others.

First found in Cheshire where they held a family seat from very early times where they were Lords of the manor of Giddy Hall near Sandbach, and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D. They were conjecturally descended from Bigot de Loges, a Norman noble who attended King William at the Battle of Hastings. However, William the Conqueror suppressing an uprising by his northern nobles in 1070, laid waste all of Sandbach, a large district in Cheshire, and the family moved north to Scotland.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Steel research. Another 173 words(12 lines of text) covering the years 1259, 1524, 1637, 1610, 1680, 1643, 1616, 1662 and 1697 are included under the topic Early Steel History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 103 words(7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Steel Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Steel family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 185 words(13 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Steels were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:

Steel Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • John Steel settled in Connecticut in 1640
  • Clement Steel settled in Virginia in 1651
  • Eliz Steel, who landed in Virginia in 1663
  • Matthew Steel, who landed in Maryland in 1675
  • Isaac Steel, aged 23, arrived in Virginia in 1683


Steel Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Dennis Steel, who arrived in Virginia in 1715
  • Roelof Steel, who arrived in New York in 1715
  • Joost Steel, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1739
  • Mathew Steel, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746
  • Hugh Steel, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1759


Steel Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Moses Steel, who arrived in New York in 1801
  • Archibald Steel, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1802
  • Margaret Steel, aged 26, arrived in Delaware in 1803
  • Martha Steel, who arrived in America in 1805
  • Mary Steel, who landed in America in 1805


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  • Danielle Steel (b. 1947), American author known for her romance novels
  • Bryan Steel (b. 1969), English cyclist and multiple Olympic medalist
  • Dr Duncan I. Steel BSc, MSc, DIC, PhD, FRAS (b. 1955), English-born, Australian scientist
  • Mr. Robert Edward Steel (d. 1912), age unknown, English Greaser from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • Anthony Bedford Steel (1900-1973), British historian, specialising on medieval England
  • Billy Steel (1923-1982), Scottish footballer
  • David Martin Scott Steel KT, KBE, PC (b. 1938), Baron Steel of Aikwood, British and Scottish politician
  • David Steel (1910-2002), Church of Scotland minister
  • Freda M. Steel, Canadian Manitoba Court of Queen's Bench
  • Mark Steel (b. 1960), British socialist, columnist, author and comedian


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  • The Steele Family in America by Steele Barnett.
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The Steel Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Steel Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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