Angel History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The rich and ancient history of the Angel family name dates back to the time of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It comes from the Old English personal name Angel, which is derived from the Latin Angelus and the Greek Angelos, which means a messenger. The personal name also appeared in the feminine forms of Angela and Angelina. [1]

The name is denoted for "one who acted as a religious messenger or as a messenger from God; a nickname for an angelic person; descendant of Angel, a man's name in England." [2]

Early Origins of the Angel family

The surname Angel was first found in Lancashire where they held a family seat from very early times, some say before the Norman Conquest of England by Duke William in 1066 A.D. It is likely that this name originated in one of the conquering families of Angles who settled in Lancashire after the conquest of the Strathclyde Britons. The name was written in early records as Anglicus, but the name was carried from England to France as D'Anglars.

Important Dates for the Angel family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Angel research. Another 55 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1555, 1655, 1610, 1618, 1694 and 1636 are included under the topic Early Angel History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Angel Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Angel have been found, including Angell, Angel, Angle, Anegall, Anegal, Anegoll and others.

Early Notables of the Angel family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include John Angel ( fl. 1555), Chaplain to King Philip and Queen Mary, is said to have been a 'person of singular zeal and learning.' John Angel or Angell (d. 1655), was 'a Gloucestershire man,' born towards the end of the sixteenth century. "He was admitted to Magdalen Hall, Oxford in 1610 and was ordained in holy orders; at...
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Angel migration to the United States

Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Angel, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were :

Angel Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Carl Angel, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1743 [3]
  • Philip Carl Angel, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1743 [3]
  • Phillip Carl Angel, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1743 [3]
  • William Angel, who arrived in New York, NY in 1754 [3]
Angel Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Angel, who landed in Fermeuse in 1800
  • M Angel, aged 30, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1823 [3]
  • Joseph Angel, aged 36, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1825 [3]
  • Vincente Angel, aged 32, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1829 [3]
  • Diego Angel, who arrived in Veragua in 1835 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Angel migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Angel Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Charles Angel, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1760
  • Nedebiah Angel, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1760
  • Step Angel, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1760
  • Samuel Angel, a fisherman of St. John's, Newfoundland in 1790 [4]
Angel Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Samuel Angel in Petty Harbour was married in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1822 [4]
  • James Angel born in Halifax Nova Scotia moved to St. John's, Newfoundland in 1850 [4]
  • Benjamin Angel, a fisherman in English Harbour in 1871
  • Isaac Angel, a telegraph operator in Heart's Content, Newfoundland in 1871 [4]

Angel migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Angel Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Friday Angel, English convict from Norfolk, who was transported aboard the "Adamant" on March 16, 1821, settling in New South Wales, Australia [5]
  • James Angel, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Morley" in 1840 [6]
  • Joseph Angel, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "David Malcolm" in 1849 [7]
  • W. Angel, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "David Malcolm" in 1849 [7]
  • John Angel, aged 26, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Duke Of Wellington" in 1849 [8]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Angel migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Angel Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Miss Mary Angel, (b. 1843), aged 23, British domestic servant travelling from Gravesend, UK aboard the ship "Bombay" arriving in Lyttelton, South Island, New Zealand on 18th August 1866 [9]
  • William Angel, aged 21, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1872

Contemporary Notables of the name Angel (post 1700)

  • William Gardner Angel (1790-1858), American lawyer and politician from New York
  • Jack Angel (b. 1930), American voice actor
  • James Crawford "Jimmie" Angel (1899-1956), American aviator, the tallest waterfall in the world, Angel Falls in Venezuela, is named after him
  • Jack Angel, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for Michigan State Senate 21st District, 1978 [10]
  • Drew Angel, American politician, Candidate for Mayor of Palmdale, California, 2001 [10]
  • Dan Angel (b. 1939), American Republican politician, Member of Michigan State House of Representatives 49th District, 1973-78 [10]
  • Christie L. Angel, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 2000 [10]
  • Bradley Angel, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1972 [10]
  • Benjamin Franklin Angel (1815-1894), American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1852, 1864; U.S. Consul in Honolulu, 1853-54; U.S. Minister to Sweden, 1857-61 [10]
  • Arthur F. Angel, American politician, Mayor of Du Quoin, Illinois, 1909-10, 1917-18, 1922, 1925-49 [10]
  • ... (Another 11 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations

  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York, Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  3. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  4. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  5. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Adamant voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1821 with 144 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adamant/1821
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MORLEY 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Morley.htm
  7. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) DAVID MALCOLM 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849DavidMalcolm.htm
  8. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The DUKE OF WELLINGTON 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Duke%20of%20Wellington.htm
  9. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  10. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 23) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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