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Needler Surname History



The Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain were the first to use the name of Needler. The name had a practical origin since it came from when its initial bearer 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 quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name 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


Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Needler or a variant listed above:

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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