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

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.

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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.

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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Angle research. Another 109 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1618, 1694, 1636, 1655 and 1610 are included under the topic Early Angle History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 131 words (9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Angle Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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
  • Wm Angle, who arrived in Virginia in 1664
  • James Angle, who landed in Virginia in 1666

Angle Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Anna Maria Angle, aged 8, landed in New York in 1711
  • Christian Angle, aged 12, landed in New York in 1711
  • Anna Elizth Angle, aged 5, landed in New York in 1712
  • Nicholas Angle, who arrived in New Jersey in 1763

Angle Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century



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

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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.

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  2. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  3. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
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  7. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  8. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  9. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  10. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
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The Angle Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Angle 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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