Angle History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Angle surname finds its earliest origins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name is derived 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 Angle family

The surname Angle 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.

Early History of the Angle family

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

Angle Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Angle are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Angle include: Angell, Angel, Angle, Anegall, Anegal, Anegoll and others.

Early Notables of the Angle 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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United States Angle migration to the United States +

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Angle or a variant listed above:

Angle Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Elizabeth Angle, who landed in Virginia in 1652 [3]
  • William Angle, who arrived in Virginia in 1664 [3]
  • James Angle, who landed in Virginia in 1666 [3]
Angle Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Anna Maria Angle, aged 8, who landed in New York in 1711 [3]
  • Christian Angle, aged 12, who landed in New York in 1711 [3]
  • Anna Elizth Angle, aged 5, who landed in New York in 1712 [3]
  • Nicholas Angle, who arrived in New Jersey in 1763 [3]

Canada Angle migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Angle Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

Contemporary Notables of the name Angle (post 1700) +

  • Sharron Elaine Angle (b. 1949), American politician
  • Kurt Steven Angle (b. 1968), American professional wrestler, actor and 1996 Olympic gold medalist
  • Walter L. Angle, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1928 [5]
  • Shirley Angle, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for Arizona, 1972 [5]
  • Nicholas W. Angle, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Saratoga County, 1813-14 [5]
  • James M. Angle, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 30th District, 1874 [5]
  • James L. Angle, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Monroe County 2nd District, 1854 [5]
  • Hugh M. Angle, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Florida, 1944 [5]
  • George Keyser Angle (1864-1932), American Democrat politician, Physician; Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Mexico, 1912 [5]
  • Allie J. Angle, American politician, U.S. Collector of Customs, 1941-47 [5]

RMS Titanic
  • Mr. William A. Angle (d. 1912), aged 32, English Second Class passenger from Warwick, Warwickshire who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [6]
  • Mrs. Florence Agnes "Mary" Angle, (née Hughes), aged 36, English Second Class passenger from Warwick, Warwickshire who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping on life boat 11 [6]
USS Arizona
  • Mr. Ernest Hersea Angle, American Fireman Second Class from West Virginia, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [7]

The Angle Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Stare super vias antiquas
Motto Translation: I stand in the track of my ancestors.

  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. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 23) . Retrieved from
  6. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from
  7. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from on Facebook
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