Beal History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The Beal surname is thought to have been created from one of the places so named (in Northumberland, and in West Yorkshire). The place name derives from the Old English "beo," meaning "bee" and "hyll," meaning "hill." There is also a Norman name Beal derived from the Old French "bel."

Early Origins of the Beal family

The surname Beal was first found in Northumberland. Today Beeley is a village and civil parish in the Derbyshire Dales district of northern Derbyshire, near Bakewell. In the Domesday Book, the place name was listed as Begelie [1]

Also in Northumberland, Beal with Lowlin is a township, in the parish of Kyloe, union of Berwick-Upon-Tweed, in Islandshire. [2] Bealon-the-Hill, is a hamlet in north Durham, close to the sea. "In Testa de Nevill it is spelt Behil, and it is recorded there that Gilbert de Behil held it of the see of Durham." [3]

Raine's History and Antiquities of North Durham notes Thomas de Behil there in 1382 and Laurence Beil in 1517.

The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 noted Willelmus Beall as holding lands there at that time. [3]

Important Dates for the Beal family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Beal research. Another 61 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1203, 1541, 1601, 1651, 1608, 1683, 1621, 1684, 1660, 1664, 1665, 1632, 1699, 1674, 1632, 1697 and 1632 are included under the topic Early Beal History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Beal Spelling Variations

Although the name, Beal, appeared in many references, from time to time, the surname was shown with the spellings Beal, Beale, Beall, Bealle, Beel, Beele, Beales, Bealer and many more.

Early Notables of the Beal family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family name during their early history was Robert Beale (1541-1601), and English diplomatist and antiquary, said to have been descended from a family settled at Woodbridge in Suffolk. [4] William Beale (died 1651), was an English Royalist churchman, Master in turn of Jesus College, Cambridge and St John's College, Cambridge; John Beale (c.1608-1683), an English clergyman, scientific writer, and early Fellow of the Royal Society; Sir John Beale (1621-1684)...
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Beal migration to the United States

Gradually becoming disenchanted with life in Ireland many of these uprooted families sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. These overcrowded ships often arrived with only 60 to 70% of their original passenger list, many dying of cholera, typhoid, dysentery or small pox. In North America, some of the first immigrants who could be considered kinsmen of the Beal family name Beal, or who bore a variation of the surname were

Beal Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • William Beal, who settled in Massachusetts in 1621
  • William Beal, who landed in Massachusetts in 1621 [5]
  • Joseph Beal, who landed in New Hampshire in 1630 [5]
  • Thomas Beal, who landed in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1634 [5]
  • John Beal from Old Hingham in England who settled and named Hingham, Massachusetts in 1636; he had five sons and three daughters
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Beal Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Edward Beal, who arrived in Jamaica in 1723
  • George Beal, who settled in New England in 1726
  • George Beal, who arrived in New England in 1726 [5]
  • Henry Beal, who landed in New Jersey in 1750 [5]
  • Heinrich Beal, who landed in New Jersey in 1750 [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Beal Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Alexander B Beal, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1850 [5]
  • Mrs. A Beal, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [5]
  • B W Beal, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [5]
  • R L Beal, who landed in Mississippi in 1876 [5]
  • Bertram Noel Beal, who arrived in Colorado in 1894 [5]

Beal migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Beal Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Sami Beal, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
Beal Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Frederick Beal, who landed in Esquimalt, British Columbia in 1862

Beal migration to Australia

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

Beal Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Beal, English convict from Sussex, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 17, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [6]
  • William Beal, aged 28, who arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "North"

Beal 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:

Beal Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mrs. Elizabeth Beal, (b. 1847), aged 26, Cornish settler departing on 18th June 1873 aboard the ship "St. Leonards" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 26th September 1873 [7]
  • Mr. Henry Beal, (b. 1843), aged 30, Cornish farm labourer departing on 18th June 1873 aboard the ship "St. Leonards" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 26th September 1873 [7]

Contemporary Notables of the name Beal (post 1700)

  • Williams Beal, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Victoria, 1949
  • Vera M. Beal, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Massachusetts, 1944, 1948
  • Richard T. Beal, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from North Carolina, 1948, 1964
  • Rice Aner Beal (1823-1883), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1872
  • Porter Beal, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for U.S. Representative from Michigan 2nd District, 1898
  • Olive Beal, American politician, Candidate for Pennsylvania State House of Representatives from Bedford County, 1926
  • Lena G. Beal, American politician, Mayor of Joplin, Missouri, 1973
  • Junius Emery Beal (1860-1942), American Republican politician, Newspaper editor and publisher; Real estate broker; Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1888; Member of Michigan State House of Representatives from Washtenaw County 1905-06; Member of University of Michigan Board of Regents, 1908-39;
  • Joseph R. Beal, American politician, Member of New Hampshire State Senate 13th District, 1891-92
  • John Woodbridge Beal (b. 1887), American Republican politician, Architect; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Massachusetts, 1936
  • ... (Another 36 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Beal family

HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Andrew Thomas Beal (b. 1896), aged 45, English Petty Officer Stoker from England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died in the sinking [8]
HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Michael Beal, British Boy, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [9]

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Citations

  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  5. ^ 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)
  6. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Albion voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1823 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1823
  7. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to Auckland 1872-80 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/new_zealand_assisted.pdf
  8. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  9. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
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