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Needler History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Needler is a name that was formed by the Anglo-Saxon society of old Britain. The name was thought to have been used for someone who once worked as a maker of needles. The surname Needler is derived from the Old English word nædlere, which means needler. This is in turn derived from the Old English word nædl, which means needle.

Early Origins of the Needler family

The surname Needler was first found in county Shropshire, where this distinguished family held a family seat since ancient times.

Early History of the Needler family

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Needler Spelling Variations

Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Needler include Needle, Needles, Needell, Needdele, Nadal, Nadle, Needler, Nedler, Nedlere, Neelder, Nelder, Neldere, Nadler, Nadlere, Nayldor, Neilder, Needlemaker and many more.

Early Notables of the Needler family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Needler family to the New World and Oceana

Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Needler were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Needler Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Needler, who settled in Virginia in 1679

Needler Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Benjamin Needler, who arrived in Virginia in 1741

Contemporary Notables of the name Needler (post 1700)

  • Alfred Walker Holinshead Needler (1906-1998), Canadian scientist, administrator, diplomat and statesman
  • Henry Needler (1685-1760), British musician and prolific music transcriber
  • George Treglohan Needler, oceanographer and a researcher, Surrey

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